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. 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 with Allegheny Land Trust and citizen scientists to assess the diversity and population status of pollinators in southwestern Pennsylvania. The initiation of the project was 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, served as a model for expanding the project to other locations. In 2019, the project is being expanded to include additional partnerships with Allegheny County Department of Parks and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. More information on training to become a citizen scientist will be posted in early spring. Our results from 2018 are listed below, which included 20 citizen scientists attending our training sessions. The volunteers logged 31 hours of surveys between May and October.

Project Bee Watch 2018 Summary Report
 

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