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Join the Great Bee Count

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 8, 2012

Got 15 minutes to spare this Saturday?

You can use that time to help some of our most important pollinators.

The Great Bee Count is seeking participants to track the number of native bees that visit spots across the country during a 15-minute period on Aug. 11. The information gathered by these citizen scientists will help researchers determine where bees are healthy and prevalent and where they're suffering.

To take part, all you need to do is spend a quarter-hour observing and recording the bee visitors to a single bee-friendly plant such as a sunflower, coreopsis, tickseed, bee balm or purple coneflower.

Visit go.osu.edu/greatbeecount to join the Ohio State University Bee Lab and Pollinatarium Group and download instructions. Then plan to spend 15 minutes, preferably around 9 or 10 a.m., watching the activity at a plant and recording which bees visit and when.

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