The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s Happenin’…to the Bees

I like to give shout outs to citizen science projects even when they are outside my field.  I was listening to Science Friday last week and they had a segment on the vanishing bees.  They talked about urban bee keeping and colony collapse disorder as well as a few citizen science projects to observe and chart how many bees are where.

The Great Pollinator Project focuses on watching bees in New York City.  BeeSpotter currently is collecting data from people in Illinois but will expand to other states.  My favorite is the Great Sunflower Project.  They collect data nationwide   The Great Sunflower Project is signing people up for 2010.  They will send you free sunflower seeds to plant.  You then watch and see how long it takes five bees to visit your sunflower.

So start planning for 2010 and get your sunflower seeds now!

August 13, 2009 - Posted by | Biology

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