Citizen Science With SunflowersPrinter Friendly Version
"We know that pollinators are declining in certain wild and many agricultural landscapes. However, little is known about urban pollinators. Because natural habitats are uncommon in urban landscapes, they may not provide enough resources to support viable pollinator communities. However, if other habitats, such as urban gardens and restored areas, are sufficiently connected to natural habitat, then native populations may thrive.
By finding a way to track and value the goods and services provided by natural ecosystems, we will find a future in which conservation is not a luxury but a guiding principle of daily decision-making throughout the world. The Great Sunflower Project is a first step. The data collected by home gardeners provides insight into how our green spaces in the urban, suburban and rural landscapes are connected as well as shedding light on how to help pollinators."