Welcome to the Great Sunflower Project!

Identifying where Pollinators Need Help.
And Helping!

We are the largest citizen science project focused on pollinators with over 100,000 members. To say thank you to our members for all you have done for pollinators, we have a present for you, Bee Identification Cards! You can download them by logging in and then clicking here. We hope you will use them in your garden this year!

  1. Join our flagship Great Sunflower Project Program . Plant a Lemon Queen variety sunflower and help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators.
  2. Join our Pollinator Friendly Plants and Places program. Help identify the critical plants that support pollinators and regions where they thrive. Contribute a pollinator count from the plants in your yard or favorite green spaces.
  3. Take the Great Pollinator Habitat Challenge. Learn to evaluate and improve habitat for pollinators.

Please join us now as pollinators are flying and we are hoping to get many fall counts! You can register here. Basic instructions can be found in the Quick start guide. If you are concerned about using neonicotinoid pesticides in your gardens, here is a link to a list of the products that you can buy in many garden shops that contain neonicotinoid pesticides.

As always, thanks for participating!

Slider images by Hartmut Wisch (Sleeping male Melissodes bees), and Gretchen LeBuhn (school sign and hummingbird)

News and Features


Dear All,

It is POLLINATOR WEEK at he Great Sunflower Project! We are hoping you will get counts from as many plants, not just sunflowers, as you can in your yard or neighborhood. Name the plant to the best of your ability and then do a quick count. We'd love as many five minute counts as you can fit in across the week. We'll be happy with two minutes if that is all you've got.

Our normal newsletter will be out later this week. I'm just so excited that I wanted to share!

Bee Well,

The Queen Bee


Dear All,

I've started counting here in California and I am getting low counts in my gardens.. I see bees, especially honeybees, in the bee gardens on campus where there are hives, but out in my yard which relies primarily on wild bees, nada! It's made me wonder whether the past 4 years of drought have had an effect. Even my lovely blanket flowers (GaillardIa) and Ceanothus are not hopping. With the 4th year of drought in the west and the crazy winter in the rest of the country, data from this year is really important.


HI Everyone!

Here in California, Spring is well on its way! I know many of you in the Northeast and Southeast have had tough winters. I hope you'll recuperate by joining us again and helping conserve pollinators like this lovely Andrena cerasifolia photographed by Hartmut Wisch.

We have three great programs this year. Join one or all! andrena cerasifolia female hartmut wisch_0.jpg