Bee Hunting

I recently discovered that in addition to an annual  Great Backyard Bird Count this spring, some people have decided to count  bees as well!

Sunflower Bee Summer 2009The Great Sunflower Project needs your help!

The idea to study urban  pollinators has been gaining popularity for the past decade. As bee populations have been threatened by the increase of pesticide use and urban sprawl in North America.  In an attempt to gain valuable insight into the habits of bees, a group of scientists have gotten together to encourage people to grow sunflowers and track the visits by bees  in urban settings.06 21 09 garden 012It is estimated that one in three bites of food eaten in North America today are products of wild pollinators.

The economic value of natural ecosystems is one reason there is much interest in finding and maintaining healthy populations of bumble bees and other bees. It has been estimated that the value of the pollinator services of wild pollinators could be as high as six billion dollars a year in the United States alone.

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In addition to joining the Sunflower project you can grow other flowers and plants in your garden to encourage pollinators like bees and butterflies.  Buy organic honey and produce, tell your friends and family about why it is important.  Healthy ecosystems are vital to a sustainable food source.

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