Community Science and Education
It is no secret that pollinators are in decline. Act now to support pollinator habitat and conservation. Teach others about the importance of pollinators, adopt pollinator-friendly practices at home, or contribute to research through community science right in your backyard.
Community Science, also commonly referred to as citizen science, is the practice of conducting scientific work by the public. Scientific practices are in partnership with universities or scientific organizations. Invaluable data and feedback are collected community-wide as a contribution to vital research involving our natural world.
Introducing youth to the importance of pollinators is crucial for their survival- we save what we love! The purpose of these resources is to encourage youth to learn about different pollinators and what we can do to support them. The materials provided will help incorporate pollinator activities and lessons into any youth program. The guides include background information, supplemental books & videos, materials lists, and activity directions. Use them to teach, engage and inspire our youth.
What You Can Do for Pollinators
Pollinator decline has become a large concern of our generation. The culprits of most insect pollinators are pests and pathogens, pesticide use, and diminishing habitat. May Berenbaum, U of I entomologist, is confident in linking the decline of insects to toxic pesticides but says habitat loss due to climate change is the main culprit. Berenbaum says “there is still so much the scientific community needs to learn about pollinators.”