Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Great Sunflower Project

This is the second year I have participated in the Great Sunflower Project. San Francisco University is conducting the project to study bees. There is great concern about the decline in the bee population. I was amazed at how much we depend on bees for our food. Their cross pollentation enables plants to bear fruit. The web site for the project says bees are responsible for every third bite of food we eat!

The project is simple, you receive a packet of sunflower seeds, plant them and when they bloom you spend 15 minutes a few times during the summer and note the number of bees that come to the flowers. I did that this morning and the bees were very busy.
If you are interested, the website is

1 comment:

grammy said...

What a fun project. I think you asked awhile back about the purple lacy flowers in a picture of mine. I have no idea what they were. They were in Estes and I was taking pictures of the bees on them. Giant bees. The bees didn't show up though (o: