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6 Ways to Support Pollinators on Earth Day

Each year, billions of people around the world join together to celebrate Earth Day, an opportunity to commemorate, reflect, and take action towards a greener, more sustainable future. At Earthwatch, every day is Earth Day.

This week, we announced a new citizen science initiative: Global Pollinator Watch, to address significant declines in pollinator populations around the world. In honor of this year’s Earth Day theme of “investing in our planet,” we wanted to share 6 ways you can invest in pollinator health, whether with your time or money, to celebrate Earth Day—from mapping pollinator diversity in your neighborhood to building bee houses to collecting critical pollinator data alongside scientists.

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Map pollinator diversity in your neighborhood to combat global pollinator decline Map pollinator diversity in your neighborhood to combat global pollinator decline 

Recent studies have found that insect populations are declining globally at rapid and alarming rates. As pollinators play essential roles in food production, human health, and ecosystem functions, we must take action to address this issue. To celebrate Earth Day, you can invest your time by helping researchers track pollinator activity and diversity in your neighborhood, wherever in the world that is, through Earthwatch’s Global Pollinator Watch program—all you need is a camera and access to the internet. Join the project on iNaturalist and read our guide on how to document species interactions. 

Map pollinator diversity in your neighborhood to combat global pollinator decline

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2.      Get kids engaged with nature and scienceMake your outdoor space a safe haven for pollinators by planting native species 

Spring is in the air, and many people are planning their yard renovation projects. You can get into the spirit of Earth Day and help support your local pollinator pals by ensuring that your next project will not only look beautiful but also provide a home for bees, butterflies, and beetles. To find out which plants are native to your region and will help the pollinators in your backyard, use this resource from the Pollinator Partnership to search your postal code.  

Make your outdoor space a safe haven for pollinators by planting native species

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3.      Join iNaturalist and discover the nature in your neighborhoodBecome a bee innkeeper 

North America is home to over 4,000 bee species, and most of them don’t form hives. Instead, many of them make nests in tunnels in decaying wood or sandy soil. But in areas heavily developed by humans, suitable nesting spots can be hard to find. You can ensure native bees near you have somewhere to call home by making bee houses. Spend Earth Day investing your time in pollinator health by making your own bee house using this guide.  

Become a bee innkeeper

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4.      Take some small steps to make your home more sustainableHelp pollinator scientists around the world collect critical data 

If you want to invest both your time and money into pollinator research this Earth Day, consider signing up for a pollinator-focused Earthwatch expedition. Your contribution will help ensure researchers conducting critical pollinator research around the world get the support they need, and the time you spend in the field helping collect data will provide invaluable insights into pollinator diversity, behavior, and habitat quality. From the stunning desert canyons of Utah to the tropical cloud forests of Costa Rica to the high slopes of the Andorran Pyrenees, you can work alongside scientists to conserve these crucial species. 

Help pollinator scientists around the world collect critical data

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5.      Read a book about the environmentMake your lawn care routine pollinator-friendly 

The widespread use of insecticides is not only keeping pests out of our farmlands, gardens, and parks, it’s also decimating pollinator species around the globe. You can combat this issue by ensuring that your lawn care routine is safe for critical pollinator species. On Earth Day,  make a commitment to invest your time in maintaining your garden without pesticides.

Make your lawn care routine pollinator-friendly 

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6.      Clean up your neighborhoodDonate to a nonprofit that supports pollinator habitat and research 

If you’re a busy bee yourself and don’t have time to invest in pollinator health this Earth Day, consider donating to a charity that protects native habitats, studies pollinator diversity, or contributes to policies that protect native pollinator species. Supporting these causes will ensure that these critical species are being protected.  

 

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