Pollinator conservation is a complex issue relying heavily on informed land management strategies that go far beyond plant cultivation.
We are conducting cutting edge research to first identify which bees are here, then asses how our interventions are affecting them, so that we can better advocate for systems change.
Together with BeeSearch, we monitor pollinator populations on each of our restoration projects. This ground breaking research has identified over 100 wild bee species to date and created a reference collection of these specimens, and the first ever Guide to Bees of the Puget Sound Lowlands.
The Common Acre also helped launch the North West Pollinator Initiative in 2013. The project, led by Dave Crowder, PhD and his research team of Elias Bloom and Rachel Olsson, studies native pollinator communities in the region and their part in local ecosystems.
NWPI is a program of Washington State University Department of Entomology/ Crowder Laboratory tracking pollinator populations in relation to habitat augmentation on 35 participating farms and urban community gardens, and engaging local residents in citizen science. We look forward to continued study together in the future!