Count Bees, Help Scientists Studying Declining Numbers Of Pollinators
The Great Bee Count is tomorrow (Saturday, August 11). It’s your chance to get outside and take part in a nationwide information-gathering exercise documenting urban, suburban, and rural bee populations. The idea behind the annual Great Bee Counts is to engage citizens to help scientists who are studying the health and extent of wild bees in our urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. Here’s how:
- Count the bees you see visiting a flower during two 15-minute observations.
- Follow the instructions for doing your count.
- Report your findings online to the Great Sunflower Project.
You can do observations all year round, of course, but tomorrow is the day when thousands of other people will do their bee counts, too. And the weather promises to be good for people and pollinators across Washington state. The annual counts are both a scientific study and a reminder of the importance wild bees and other pollinators — about one-third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination.
Consider doing your bee count while visiting a DNR-managed recreation area or a Natural Resources Conservation Area.
Article: EAR to the GROUND/DNR
IMAGE: The ‘wandering bumblebee’ (Bombus vagans Smith) is a native bee species found in Washington state. Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.