Blog changes

In an effort to get this blog back on track I have simplified it, deleted some of the attached one-topic blogs
and focused on Sabbats and Esbats, which was the original intent.
Other writings will be in 'stumbling upon the path of the goddess'
and the Borrowed Book of Charms is still active.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's time!

Do your part to help the battle against colony collapse.

The Great Sunflower Project

Many studies have been done on our agricultural bee populations and in recent times the commercial beekeepers have experienced colony collapse. What scientists had not studied on a large scale was how the wild bees were doing and what effect that has on pollination of garden plants, crops and wild plants.

In 2008, we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations. We wanted to enlist people all over the US and Canada to observe their bees and be citizen scientists. We asked them to plant sunflowers in their gardens so we could standardize study of bee activity and provide more resources for bees. Sunflowers are relatively easy to grow and are wildly attactive to bees. Since 2008, we have expanded the list of plants studied to include Bee balm, Cosmos, Rosemary, Tickseed, and Purple coneflower.

So far we've found that the on average our gardeners are likely to see a bee pollinate every 2.6 minutes. Surprisingly, over 20% of our gardens never saw a bee! We want to thank all of our citizen scientists for being our observers.

You can participate by getting annual Lemon Queen sunflower seeds from us, at your local store or through one of these seed sellers. The instructions are here. Do join us! It takes less than 15 minutes.


  1. Do you follow Neil Gaiman's blog? He not only keeps bees himself but regularly updates on the global bee situation. Definitely worth subscribing.

    I wish I could do more but I live across the Atlantic. And unfortunately we are facing the exact same bee crisis. I worry for them, I really do.

    You're doing an awesome thing; spreading the word and all.

  2. hmm.. I was planning on planting suflowers so I will do this I think.

  3. I just got my seeds from them in the mail two days ago. Excellent timing :)

  4. Gordon, I found Gaiman's blog and I'm following it now.
    Everybody, spread the word. :-)



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