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Sweet Citizen Science for National Honey Month

Citizen Science Salon iconCitizen Science SalonBy Alycia CrallSep 18, 2017 10:35 PM

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"For bees the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love."

Johanna James-Heinz

-Kahlil Gibran

In honor of National Honey Month we've highlighted a few citizen science projects you can do to help us better understand our buzzing friends the bees. From honey bees to bumble bees, there's something for everyone.

Cheers!

The SciStarter Team

Bumble Bee Watch

Rich Hatfield

Have you ever wondered what species of bumble bees live in your neighborhood? Start your own virtual bumble bee collection by sharing photos of bees and experts will help you identify them! You may be the person that locates a new population of a rare bumble bee species!

Get started!

Location: North America

Bee Germs

Bethann Merkle

Many species of bees make their homes underground, right beneath our feet! But we don't know a lot about these particular bees. By studying the germs (pathogens) underground dwelling bees carry, we can better understand how to help them.

Get started!

Location: North America

Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey

Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey

Chasing bees through fields of flowers is a great way to spend a few hours. Several species of bumble bees appear to be declining but more information is needed to better understand where, when and why. Join a Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey to help figure out what's happening with bumble bees.

Get started!

Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota, US

ZomBee Watch

(Credit: USGS)

USGS

Zombie flies are parasitizing bees in California and possibly other areas too! Capture honeybees and observe them over several days to look for Zombie fly pupae to emerge.

Get started!

Location: Global

EZ Water and Bees

Schanin - pixabay

What kind of water do bees prefer? What kind of water makes for the best honey production? By taking pictures of bees visiting water you can help answer these and other questions about bees, water, and honey.

Get started!

Location: Global

BeeWise Honeybee and Nectar Pollen Map

Jane Crayton

Did you know that bees are out collecting pollen, even in the fall? Taking pictures of bees and the flowers they're collecting nectar from or pollinating can help researchers better understand bee behavior.

Get started!

Location: Pueblo County, Colorado


Discover more summertime citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter's Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there's something for everyone!

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