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We need your help! Because these animals are widely distributed the best way to keep track of them is with an army of volunteers across the country armed with cameras. With any luck, you might help us to find remnant populations of rare species before they go extinct. Participating in Bumble Bee Watch is simple and you can get started now by creating an account via the “sign in” tab at the top of the page.

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3 weeks ago

Project Bumble Bee

Sneezeweed may have an unfortunate moniker, but despite the misleading common name, it won’t make you sneeze! It will, however serve as a pollinator magnet late in the blooming season. These forbs possess striking flowers with distinctive tri-lobed rays and domed centers that are especially attractive to bumble bees, many other native bees, and butterflies. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Project Bumble Bee

Although nonnative invasive thistles can be found in many disturbed environments, wild and nonweedy species have been a natural feature of North America’s meadow, grassland, prairie, and desert habitats. This often misunderstood group of native wildflowers, found from subalpine meadows to coastal dunes, provides a valuable forage resource for a host of wildlife. Native thistles attract specialist bees, bumble bees, leafcutter bees, and butterflies, including monarchs and swallowtails. See the Xerces Society’s guide to native thistles for information on their conservation value and a list of resources to help identify native species and distinguish them from invasive thistles in different regions: buff.ly/2C4gW4M ... See MoreSee Less

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