Welcome to the Great Sunflower Project!

It's 2014 and we are looking forward to spring. Please join us! You can register here. If you are concerned about using neonictinoid pesticides in your gardens, here is a link to a list of the products that you can buy in many garden shops that contain neonictinoid pesticides.

  1. Join our Safe Gardens for Pollinators program . Help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators.
  2. Join our Pollinator Friendly Plants 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 starting in April. Learn to evaluate and improve habitat for pollinators.

As always, thanks for participating!

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

News and Features

Gretchen Lebuhn's picture


Dear All,

large_Bee-fountain.jpgWe are getting hints of Spring here in California. Even though it has been dry, our spring flowers and early bees are out! As we prepare to launch the Great Pollinator Habitat Challenge, our new program directed at helping everyone figure out how to make their spaces more pollinator friendly, we've been working to improve our garden for bees. Over the next few newsletters, we'll highlight some of the things that you can do.

Gretchen Lebuhn's picture

Buying seeds

I’ve been getting lots of questions about where to get seeds and what to plant in the garden. I have read a lot about the effects of neonictinoid pesticides on bees and I am concerned about folks planting seeds that have been pre-treated with neonictinoids. If you remember the reports from last year, 54% of a set of plants purchased at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Orchard Supply Hardware and other nurseries had been contaminated with neonictionoid pesticides.


From a field guide to common bees to lovely notecards, here are 3 holiday gift suggestions for the bee and garden lover in your life. Your purchases support the Great Sunflower Project's pollinator conservation efforts.