WORTHY GARDEN CLUB STRIVES TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY AND WORLD A BETTER PLACE THROUGH NUMEROUS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH INFLUENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS. EXPLORE ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN BECOME INVOLVED WITH OUR AWESOME CREW.
OREGON BEE PROJECT
Initiated in 2017, the Oregon Bee Project is a cooperative effort between the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and a diverse set of stakeholders who are actively engaged in caring for our bees. Together these collaborators and supporters are launching several initiatives to maintain and enhance bee health in Oregon.
The Oregon Bee Project's mission is:
“Bringing together Oregonians around a science-based strategy for protecting and promoting wild and managed bees through education, pollinator-friendly practices, and research.”
GET WITH THE PROGRAM
Worthy Garden Club has been supporting the Oregon Bee Project since 2018. We're part of the Deschutes County collecting team, netting and identifying some of the 500+ species of bees in the state. Our specimens will one day become a part of the Oregon Bee Atlas - a manifestation of four years of native bee research launched by the OBP in 2017 and the first concerted survey of native bees in the state's history. Through the dedicated work of volunteers and educators, the Oregon Bee Atlas will provide important "steps towards confronting the gulf in our knowledge about the bees of Oregon...[building] the first comprehensive account of the native bee fauna" in the state. With a baseline in place, researchers will be able to better understand native population gains and losses in the years to come.
To read more about protecting our native pollinators and learn how to become a volunteer: