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The Great Sunflower Project

Main Project Information
Goal To identify where pollinators are declining and improve habitat
Task Watch a plant, record pollinators, report online
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

The Great Sunflower Project has three programs. The Safe Gardens for Pollinators program which uses data collected on Lemon Queen sunflowers to examine the effects of pesticides on pollinators. The Pollinator Friendly Plants program which is designed to identify the key plants to support healthy pollinator communities. And, the Great Pollinator Habitat Challenge which allows citizen scientists to evaluate and improve gardens, parks and other green spaces for pollinators.

Some bee populations have experienced severe declines that may affect food production. However, nobody has ever measured how much pollination is happening over a region, much less a continent, so there is little information about how a decline in the bee population can influence gardens.

The Great Sunflower Project makes it easy to gather this information. Find a plant you know (or a Lemon Queen Sunflower), observe it for 5 or more minutes and record all pollinators that visit, and contribute data online. You can make as many observations as you want while your flowers are in bloom. Plant, Watch, Enter. Repeat. That's it. And, who doesn't like sunflowers?!

How to Join

Visit our website: https://www.greatsunflower.org/ to learn more

Website https://www.greatsunflower.org/
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
Class Materials https://www.greatsunflower.org/teaching%20resources
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bees, biology, birds, bumble bee, ecology & environment, gardens, girl scouts, honey bee, inquiry, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, pesticides, plants, pollinators
Project Updated 06/09/2017