The purpose of the project is to gather information about urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to provide the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in individual yards.
People all over the United States collect data on pollinators in their yards, gardens, schools and parks. The number and types of pollinators visiting plants (especially sunflowers) are counted. Thanks to thousands of observers, the strength or weakness of pollinator service in a certain area can be determined.
This is important because scientific studies suggest that both honey bee and native bee populations are in trouble which might be affecting pollination of gardens, crops and wild lands.
The average person can help by counting and recording how many pollinators visit Lemon Queen sunflowers.
We have already planted Ferry-Morse sunflowers “Lemon Queen” variety. The issue is have we planted seeds that have not had a neonicotinoid seed treatment. I have an email into the seed company with a request for this information. I’ll share the response when I receive it.
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