Summer of Science: The Great Sunflower Project
Join Gretchen LeBuhn of San Francisco State University's Great Sunflower Project to learn how you can help monitor and protect our most important pollinators: bees. These insects are responsible for one third of all food in the US, as well as important natural products like medicines. In monetary terms, bees are worth trillions of dollars. In human terms, they are crucial to our survival, but studies have shown that bee populations are experiencing severe declines. Since 2008, thousands of citizen scientists have helped the Great Sunflower Project build the largest single body of information about bee pollination in North America.
With the Great Sunflower Project, explore insect specimens inside the Gallery of California Natural Sciences and then search for bees in the Museum Garden. Afterwards, you can check out LeBuhn's book Field Guide to the Common Bees of California: Including Bees of the Western United States, available in the OMCA Store.
Included with Museum admission. Meet in the Oakland Section of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences.