Using Community Science to Conserve Bumble Bees

It’s a win-win situation for all of us—including invertebrates!
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August 11, 2021

Community science is a form of research that provides everyone—regardless of their background—an opportunity to contribute meaningful data to further our scientific understanding of key issues. By engaging community members, researchers can collect a larger amount of data, and often span more geographic regions, in a shorter amount of time. In turn, this data informs larger conservation efforts. It’s also a great opportunity for participants to learn more about species that interest them. It’s a win-win situation for all of us—including invertebrates!
Using Community Science to Conserve Bumble Bees: From Small Beginnings to a Continent-Wide Effort

As we mark Xerces’ 50th year, we look at the ongoing effort to protect bumble bees. Xerces has adopted a multi-pronged approach: outreach and education to raise awareness, technical assistance with habitat restoration, advocacy to gain legal protection, and, the focus of this article, community science to gather data that informs our work. Read More

The Return of Wild Pansies at Polk City Cemetery
In Iowa, volunteers are working hard to restore an area of old prairie. They are seeing signs that the grassland is recovering, including the regrowth of pale coneflowers and wild pansies. Read More

100 Plants to Feed The Monarch – The latest book from The Xerces Society

The plight of the monarch butterfly has captured public attention and sparked widespread interest in helping to save their dwindling populations. This in-depth portrait of the monarch butterfly includes detailed instructions on how to design and create monarch-friendly landscapes. Available in our Gift Center for a donation.

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