Note: some of our Facebook crowd will already be aware of this project. -sg
Source: Sierra Magazine
The Great Sunflower Project
For those with a fondness for the small and buzzy, the recent decline inÂ honeybee populations is not breaking news. But a dearth of pollinators is everybody’s beeswax, since about 1/3 of our food comes from bee-pollinated crops. Honeybees live both in commercial nests and in the wild, where they join hundreds of species of native bees in keeping wild and cultivated plants alive. With no bees, we’d be living in a much less colorful world.
To help track bee populations in urban, suburban, and rural areas, theÂ Great Sunflower Project runs a Backyard Bee Count. They recommend bee-attracting flowers (such as sunflowers), offer bee identification guides, and provide instruction on how to observe and count the bees (both native and introduced) that visit during the blooming season. This provides a nation-wide count on how bees are faring in different environments, so we can learn how to better protect them.
How sweet is that?
Learn more about helping bees with the Great Sunflower Project.