This week we celebrate National Pollinator Week, in honor of the bees, butterflies, beetles, and other animals that provide essential services to ecosystems and agricultural lands everywhere.
Citizen science is at the forefront of pollinator research, and below we highlight six projects that you can join to help study and protect pollinators. To find more, visit the SciStarter Global Project Finder.
The SciStarter Team
Photo: Johanna James-Heinz
If you’re in Illinois, Missouri, or Ohio, your help is needed to study bee populations there. Just take pictures of any bees you see and upload them to the project website.
With the monarch population in decline, volunteers across North America are needed to monitor monarch habitats for the presence of eggs, larvae, and pupae. This information is then used to inform monarch conservation.
How do pesticides impact pollinators? What plants are important for maintaining pollinator populations? How do urban green spaces contribute to pollinators? Help answer these questions and more with the Great Sunflower Project.
Bumble bees are key pollinators in North America. When you see a bumble bee, snap a photo and post it to the project website. It’s ok if you can’t identify the bee species; project experts help with identification.