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 Post subject: BEE counting project
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:45 am 
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This came up in the google news, today...

The Backyard Bee Count

Over the past few years, scientific studies have suggested that both honey bee and native bee populations are in trouble. What scientists had not studied on a large scale was how the wild bees were doing and what effect that has on pollination of garden plants, crops and wild plants. In 2008, we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to empower people to learn about what was happening with the bees in their back yard. We enlisted people all over the world to observe their bees on Lemon Queen sunflowers. Sunflowers are relatively easy to grow and a great resource for bees. Since 2008, we have expanded the list of plants studied to include Bee balm, Cosmos, Rosemary, Tickseed, Goldenrod and Purple coneflower.

Findings. So far we've found that the on average our gardeners are likely to see a bee pollinate every 2.6 minutes. This means that if you do a count and you are seeing more than 3 bees in 15 minutes (12 bees per hour), your garden is doing better than average. If you are seeing fewer than 3 bees in a 15 minute sample, your garden has low pollinator service. Surprisingly, over 20% of our gardens never saw a bee! Here is the 2010 map of the average number of bees seen in 15 minutes broken down into three categories (red=poor, yellow=moderate and green=good) indicating the quality of the pollinator service. We want to thank all of our citizen scientists for being our observers. All of this is due to their hard work and participation!

You can participate by getting annual Lemon Queen sunflower seeds at your local store or through Renee. The instructions are here. Do join us!

We would love to have you join us; let’s help our most important pollinators together!


I went to the site, and it's a very simple process requiring a one hour sitdown in your garden with a watch, and a pencil and paper. Seems like a good thing to do.


 Post subject: Re: BEE counting project
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:08 am 

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Hey that sounds like a worth while project.
Bees bounce off my front window all day long so do birds for that matter.
You can here the bees when they hit the window
BOING a couple minutes later BOING BOING

 Post subject: Re: BEE counting project
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:42 am 

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we see loads of bees per day as we have a bees nest in my shed carnt even get in the shed for them lol got to wait till august so we can get rid of the nest

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