The Great Bee Count of 2012 was a great success thanks to all of you who counted and sent in data. Special thanks to all of our Garden Leaders who organized the charge to count bee visits and send in data so far this summer. We saw community spirit, creativity and just plain fun watching bees and contributing to the Project.
Most of you had sunflowers in bloom on August 11, and many of you watched, counted and sent in your data. We would like to send out some special thank-yous for great work so far:
Thanks and smiles to the Derry Sunflower Project(New Hampshire) , Sylvia’s El Cerrito Buzzers (California), Bees of My Friends (California) and The Cox Arboretum Volunteers (Ohio). You all did outstanding work so far this year. Thanks for getting together to participate.
We would also like to share the creative work of the CittaSlow Pollinator Pals of Sonoma County. These dedicated volunteers planted ‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers in 200 wine barrels across the Sonoma Valley so that folks could observe and send in data throughout the summer and into the warm months of September and October. Check out their amazing story here
And, thanks to all of you who faithfully observed and sent in data so far. Wonderful work everyone! Don’t forget, there is still time for another observation or two this season – as long as your sunflowers are blooming.
Our results map and the important information we collect about the natural world – along with being part of a larger community of citizen scientists is what keeps us motivated to take action to preserve and enhance habitat for pollinators.
Keep up the great work!