Recent research and studies

While there are many issues that affect pollinator decline, there is significant evidence that concentrated planting is making a real difference for pollinators.
Learn about impact research and studies focused around urban bees and the pollinator crisis:

Experimental small-scale flower patches increase species density but not abundance of small urban bees

Bumble Bee Abundance in New York City Community Gardens: Implications for Urban Agriculture

The city as a refuge for insect pollinators

Modeling the status, trends, and impacts of wild bee abundance in the United States

Gardens benefit bees and enhance pollination in intensively managed farmland

Pollinator Extinctions Alter Structure Of Ecological Networks – Science Blog

The Pollinator Crisis: What’s Best for Bees? – Scientific American

Invest in pollination for success with highbush berries – Michigan State University Extension

Quantifying variation among garden plants in attractiveness to bees and other flower‐visiting insectsBritish Ecological Society 

Urban Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County attract “wildlife spectacle” of insect pollinators – Zoosymposia

Small scale additions of native plants fail to increase beneficial insect richness in urban gardens – Insect Conservation and Diversity, Wiley Online Library


The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge has created a positive impact for pollinators across the United States. Helping pollinators helps other wildlife too.
Gardens of all sizes make an impact and more gardens are creating more awareness. From 2015-2017, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge related articles, events and initiatives referenced across the Internet increased by 400% and over 20,000 schoolyard gardens are actively being enhanced and creating more pollinator habitat.


Check out some of the impact we have made!