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Welcome to the Great Sunflower Project 2017!

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 2017 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)

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Happy Earth Day!

Let’s celebrate by planting our iconic Lemon Queen Sunflowers. We are delighted to announce that Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has donated Lemon Queen Sunflower seeds for us to give to you so that we can get Sunflower data from everyone! We are planning to start sending free seeds each year to people who have contributed data the previous year. This year we have them for everyone on our current list.

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Our map of pollinator service across the United States!

We have created new maps for 2016. We realized that we needed to take into account when in the flowering season each count was taken because a count of two bees in early April in California might be relatively low yet in Maine would be very high because of the difference in the seasons.