The decline of pollinators around the world has potential negative consequences for agriculture and ecological health. In agricultural areas such as the Midwest, studies have reported that nearly half of native bee species have disappeared from their historic ranges in the past century. Although most news outlets report on the decline of domesticated honeybees, honeybees are neither the most efficient pollinators nor are they the most important pollinators. In a joint effort to restore wildflower meadows and establish a research site at Audubon Greenway near Sewickley, PA, we are partnering with Allegheny Land Trust and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In 2017, we conducted our first survey of pollinators in an effort to establish baseline data for the abundance and diversity of pollinators. The research report is available below.
Pollinator Research Report (2017)
     In 2018, Project Bee Watch began as a partnership of organizations, including Allegheny Land Trust, and citizen scientists to assess the diversity and population status of pollinators in southwestern Pennsylvania. The project is funded by Point Park University's Department of Community Engagement and Center for Inclusive Excellence.
     Audubon Greenway, an Allegheny Land Trust property located in Sewickley Heights Borough, is serving as a model for expanding the project to other locations, where additional partners will organize their own citizen scientists and report their data to the Opdyke Lab at Point Park University. The following files are for citizen scientists involved in the project.

Citizen Science Volunteer Manual

Citizen Science Data Sheets
 

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