Drum roll please!……..It is National Pollinator Week starting today and you need to start counting those bees. Go to my post Pollinator Week to see the drill, but it is real simple. Name the flower, and then do a quick count, say five minutes each flower of any pollinators that visit. Bees are of course the poster child for this campaign, but remember bees are only one part of the equation.
Count butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, flies- basically anything that visits the flower by wings or just crawling. Do as many or as few counts as you have time for this week and click on Great Sunflower Project, and if you haven’t already registered, set up an account and input your results. This project collects data from ordinary gardeners all over the country to track pollinator numbers so that scientists can have a better understanding of the health of our populations in North America. Consolidation of all this data gives scientists hard numbers when they determine the best strategies in tackling this problem.
Citizen Science at its best!
Bee One in a Million
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The bees have been buzzing for weeks around my flowering ground cover. It’s wonderful to see them and in the Rhododendron until the blooms were spent.
So far, we are doing okay with native pollinators but we haven’t seen a Monarch in three years. 🙁
I am so glad to have found your blog!! We just signed up for free seeds to start a “Buzzing Garden” in Canada – It is a great initiative if any of your followers live in Canada!!! My daughters are very excited to plant them and see if the bees enjoy the treat! http://www.beesmatter.ca