Over the past few years, scientific studies have suggested that both honey bee and native bee populations are in trouble. What we don't know is how this is affecting pollination of our gardens, crops and wild lands.
Enter the Great Sunflower Project, a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to give kids the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in their own yards, park, community or school gardens.
The Great Sunflower Project has three programs. The Safe Gardens for Pollinators program which uses data collected on Lemon Queen sunflowers to examine the effects of pesticides on pollinators. The Pollinator Friendly Plants program which is designed to identify the key plants to support healthy pollinator communities. And, the Great Pollinator Habitat Challenge which allows citizen scientists to evaluate and improve gardens, parks and other green spaces for pollinators. Kids can participate by watching a plant and recording how many pollinators visit, or recording pollinators anywhere you find them in nature! Get seeds and learn more on the GSP website.