Journey North Pollinator Patches
Journey North aims to track migratory patterns of pollinators, especially birds and butterflies who travel vast distances seasonally. Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds are two key species that depend on pollinator-friendly gardens for food as they travel, often over thousands of miles. You can register and report sightings here.
Suggested Mixtures that Attract Hummingbirds and Monarch Butterflies:
These programs are active in specific regions or climates to record observations of pollinators threatened in these areas of the US.
Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas
In conjunction with Bumble Bee Watch, the PNW Bumble Bee Atlas aims to collect local bumble bee observations in and around Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Using the same app (available for Android or Apple iOS), participants “adopt” a grid cell in which to observe bumble bees and record sightings. Special emphasis is on collecting data for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), such as Morrison’s bumble bee (Bombus morrisoni) and the Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis). You can see which areas the program is trying to obtain data on here.
Suggested Flower Mixes and Species for the PNW:
Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper
Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper is an effort to study the habits and habitats of the western monarch butterfly along with the Xerces Society and the Fish and Wildlife/Game Departments of Idaho and Washington. While there is little to no genetic differences between Western and Eastern Monarch, the Western Monarch has been deeply impacted by habitat loss and has declined in numbers by >95% since the 1980s. Participants in Milkweed Mapper record observations of milkweed plants, the host plant for monarchs, and the number of butterflies who visit. This allows conservationists to map where the monarchs are within the Western US and to better understand the habitat needs of the insects. Learn more about this citizen science program here.
Suggested Milkweeds for Western Monarch Butterflies:
Focused on the native bees and pollinators of New England and the Northeast, the Beecology Project records observations and bee habits using their Beecology app. In partnership with UMASS-Dartmouth and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Beecology encourages high school and university students to learn more about pollinator conservation and the computer science applications that can improve conservation efforts. Much of the app and software around Beecology were developed and are actively maintained by WPI students. Check out how you can participate here.
Suggested Flower Mixes for the Northeast/New England: