There are a number of drivers for pollinator decline, including habitat loss, overuse of pesticides and herbicides, regional declines in air and water quality, and, of course, a changing climate. But our knowledge about the decline in pollinators is limited to a few studies, in a few places, in a few different habitats. It is also limited to only a subset of species.
To be able to act with greater certainty, managers and scientists need access to more information about which species are being most heavily impacted, which threats need to be mitigated, and which solutions are most effective. To date, much of the existing data has been gathered by citizen scientists working together with researchers. Pollinator monitoring is an area where citizen science can be a really useful approach - as evidenced by the many Earthwatch projects that include insects and pollinators as part of their field research. We are now looking to further catalyse this citizen science effort to generate data useful to pollinator conservation efforts globally - by having people collect pollinator data in their backyards, in nearby parks or as they travel.