Counting Winter Bugs with John Acorn

Zebra jumping spider by John Acorn

Recording Now Available

Join Nature Alberta Patron John Acorn on a journey to count the tiny creatures that live in our sheds and snowbanks over the winter. Find out just how many species have been documented through the Winter Bug Count and explore the bugs that have been documented so far during this season's count.

The annual Winter Bug Count was started by John Acorn in 2011 to document arthropods – insects, spiders, and crustaceans such as sow bugs – in Alberta and Saskatchewan through December, January, and February. Accepted species include any free-living arthropod indoors or outdoors, excluding pets, specimens, or pet food. You can contribute observations to this year’s Winter Bug Count by sharing your observations on iNaturalist.

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