It’s Pollinator Week and we’re all a-buzzzz!

Pollinator Week Logo June 17-23 2019This is a perfect week to make and share your pollinator observations with scientists. Our editors selected five projects in need of your help.

More about pollinators from Penn State’s website:”Pollinators are animals (primarily insect, but sometimes avian or mammalian) that fertilize plants, resulting in the formation of seeds and the fruit surrounding seeds. Humans and other animals rely on pollinators to produce nuts and fruits that are essential components of a healthy diet.”

So, if you have the chance, let’s go help some pollinators this week!

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The National Pollinator Garden Network registered more than one million pollinator gardens last year. Now, it’s time to monitor those gardens and help pollinators!

Location: Global

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Start your own virtual bumble bee collection by sharing photos of bees near you. Experts will help you identify species. You may just discover something new!

Location: United States

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Observe a sunflower for a least five minutes to see which pollinators visit. This will help identify where pollinators are visiting sunflowers and provide information on how a decline in the bee population can affect gardens.

Location: United States

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Did you know that bees are out collecting pollen, even in the fall? Taking pictures of bees and the flowers they’re collecting nectar from or pollinating can help researchers better understand bee behavior.

Location: Global

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Many species of bees make their homes underground, right beneath our feet! But we don’t know a lot about these particular bees or where they live. Help researchers create a map of where they are as a first step towards studying the germs (pathogens) underground dwelling bees carry.

Location: Global

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What kind of water do bees prefer? What kind of water makes for the best honey production? By taking pictures of bees visiting water you can help answer these and other questions about bees, water, and honey.

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Curious how you could get more citizen science into classrooms? Check out our most recent webinar, hosted by the Citizen Science Association, about SciStarter Education.

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#Humblebrag Our new book is the #1 new release in its category on Amazon! The Field Guide to Citizen Science, from Timber Press, aims to make it easier than ever to become a citizen scientist. Pre-orders are now available.

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Lea worked at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences before coming to SciStarter. As part of the SciStarter team, she manages education initiatives, authors SciStarter's bi-weekly newsletter, and leads the edit team in reviewing and approving projects added to the SciStarter database. Lea is also a co-founder and co-owner of Essential Montessori, where she designs and hand-crafts learning Montessori-inspired materials for young children.