World Bee Day/Week 2024 Bioblitz - Welcome to all interested to participate

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

Pollinators visit flowers to drink plant nectar and/or eat and/or gather pollen and/or transport pollen as they move about. These actions can result in the fertilization of host plants. Bees in particular do this but so do other invertebrates such as butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, and wasps as well as vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.

Welcome to those interested to participate in the World Bee Day/Week 2024 bioblitz May 17, 2024 - May 23, 2024 and help raise awareness of this day. Last year during roughly this same time period 36,649 observers posted 151,832 qualifying observations as indicated in the World Bee Day/Week 2023 mockup project. 35766 observations were posted by the top 500 observers in 2023.

Pollinators play a vital role in maintaining biodiversity and the stability of ecosystems by facilitating flowering plant reproduction. Humans rely on the results of pollinator activity for many crops yielding food production including fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but also for the production of non-food products such as fibres, dyes, and medicines derived from plant sources. In contradiction, pollinator's stability is negatively impacted by human activity which lead to loss of habitat such as urbanization, agriculture, and land development. Agrochemicals, including pesticides and herbicides, impact pollinators by poisoning them, reducing forage, weaken immune systems, or disrupt navigation abilities. Changes in temperature, precipitation patterns, and plant phenology can disrupt pollinator and their floral resource synchronization. Human activity can introduce invasive species and their parasites and pathogens that may negatively impact native pollinators through competition and pathology.

Raising public awareness and comprehension regarding the importance of pollinators and the necessary steps for their conservation is vital for successful conservation endeavours.

Posted on April 02, 2024 11:04 PM by bobmcd bobmcd

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Interesting, hopefully this will help increase observation, identification, and learning.

Posted by bdagley 16 days ago

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