Bumblebeewatch.org Tracks Pollinators Populations

Oct 5, 2017

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As the growing season is concluding, we sometimes forget the role pollinators play in having the food we eat.

Advocates are pointing to a new website that provides information about the rapidly diminishing populations of some pollinators.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas talks about Bumble Bee Watch, a citizen science project to help monitor bumble bee activity...

"...with bumble bee watch were looking to gain through citizens an idea how our bumble bees are doing and also native bees. We have a lot of native bees that are in northern Wisconsin. So bumble bee watch, we're hoping to get citizens out and about to see what they can find with bumble bees on their flowers, gardens, or native wildflowers along the road. This time of the year they're a little slower, but they're still out....."

She says the pollinators are now being seen in asters blooming along roadsides and fields. She says because of the cool temperatures they're not quite as active. Sadauskas says you can take a picture of the bee, then submit it to bumblebeewatch. org.

She says the more people that get involved, more information is available, especially about the endangered pollinators. The rusty-patched bumble bee was put on the endangered species list in 2017.