The Great Backyard Bee Count: Citizen Scientists Making a Difference

Great Backyard Bee Count
Want to help find out what’s happening with our bees? Interested in being a citizen scientist? Then you’ll want to participate in the Great Backyard Bee Count! is calling all gardeners, nature lovers and community members to participate in an important Citizen Science effort to count bees in backyards, balconies and public spaces across North America.

The website has partnered with the Great Sunflower Project and university researchers to find out what is happening with our bees, because bees – in the wild, near farms, even in towns and cities – appear to be disappearing. Citizen Scientists joining the Pollinators Initiative on YourGardenShow grow bee-friendly plants, count bees for 15 minutes twice a month, and enter their observations online. Joining YourGardenShow and participating in this national effort is free, and the benefits far-reaching.”

You might also be interested in the kickoff event, the Bee-a-thon 2011. The Bee-a-thon is a free, online event broadcast live to a worldwide audience on July 16th, 2011 to help shed some light on the plight of our bees. Tune in to learn more about our pollinators: how pollinators are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food, how they contribute billions of dollars to global economies, and what challenges they are facing, from colony collapse disorder and other threats.

Derek Markham

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One thought on “The Great Backyard Bee Count: Citizen Scientists Making a Difference

  • November 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I live in the SE Pennsylvania Susquehanna valley. I noticed bees in my yard for the first time in over 10 yrs. They were gathering fall flower nectar. I have a few questions:

    Are bee colonies making a comeback?
    How do you find the hive?
    Is it unusual for bees to still be gathering nectar in late october?
    I noticed that these bees slept within the flowers instead of going to a hive. Is that unusual’
    Are Bees good at adapting to environmental changes?
    I counted about 50 bees in my fall flowers. It wasn’t easy. Whats the best way to count them?

    I love bees and I appreciate any feedback.


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