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Welcome to the Great Sunflower Project 2020

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 2020 counts! You can register here. Basic instructions can be found on a video here and the Quick start guide. Data sheets are under Downloads. 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!

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

News and Features

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It's Pollinator Week! Please do your best to get a couple counts in or take some time to evaluate your garden. I'm adding a few new natives to help bees make it through our summer drought.

Join me when I talk on instagram live with 15 year old entrepreneur, Mikaela Ulmer from Me & the Bees.

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She is such an inspiration! Join us.

Bee Well,

Gretchen

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Folks,

I don't usually send two emails in a week. However, we are partnering with SciStarter to put materials for the Great Sunflower Project in public libraries in Arizona and they developed this great coloring page for kids. I thought it might help those of you who are parents or grandparents!

Here is the link to the page to print this out.

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Dear All,
Happy Earth Day! Can you believe that we've been celebrating Earth Day for 50 years? In the face of this pandemic, I feel especially grateful for the respite of nature. Being able to step outside and see the flowers in my garden and the wildflowers in a local park has helped me remember that we will get through these daunting times. I hope you and your loved ones are well.