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 2017, we partnered with Allegheny Land Trust to conduct our first survey of pollinators at Audubon Greenway located in Sewickley Heights Borough, which has 17 acres of meadow. Our 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 scope of the project is local to ensure that there is a "human connection" with the volunteers. After citizen scientists are trained on how to survey pollinators, they conduct independent surveys between May and October. The data is collected, analyzed, and disseminated by Professor Matthew Opdyke at Point Park University. Funding was awarded by Point Park University's Department of Community Engagement and Center for Inclusive Excellence.
Project Bee Watch 2018 Summary Report
     In 2019, the project is being expanded to include the following community partners and their properties:  Allegheny Land Trust - Audubon Greenway, Allegheny County Parks Department (Latodami Nature Center) - North Park, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (Schenley and Frick Parks).
Announcement for Citizen Science Training Session at Latodami Nature Center

Announcement for Citizen Science Training Session at Frick Environmental Center
 

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