The Webster University’s Department of Biological Sciences and the Bee Brigade invite you to join the ranks of bee spotters throughout the world. To kick off National Pollinator Week, Webster faculty and students will lead teams of citizen scientists in monitoring bee populations.
During the BeeBlitz on Saturday, June 17, scientists, including the Laurance L. Browning Jr. Professor of Biology, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, will lead participants in a photo survey, where photos are taken of every bee observed. All photographs are then uploaded to a web-based portal, BeeSpotter, used by scientists to track bee populations. The event is free and open to all.
National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them
Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Why Track Bee Populations?
Recent declines in insect pollinators, especially bees, have gained international attention. Seven species of bumble bees have been added to the endangered species list, including one from the United States, and many others following in their footsteps. The reasons for declines are complicated, and scientists are enlisting the help of citizens and non-bee experts to provide much needed data to figure out why. Using photographs taken by anyone with a cell phone or digital camera, scientists can track bee populations in time and space.
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