Sometimes just raising awareness can help solve a problem. For example, someone previously afraid of bees learns that most bees are non-aggressive and unlikely to sting a human. Armed with that awareness, the person is now calm when a bee is buzzing around. Observation and study like Flowers for Pollinators forces an observer to be still and quiet, and to pay attention to insects large and small on the flowers. They learn (or re-learn in some cases) observation skills and increase their awareness of the kinds of flowers insects seem to like.
To encourage this “citizen science”, we’ve added brief survey cards to our F4P gardens to encourage visitors to be still, observe and share in the study of the plant-pollinator interaction. We hope you will be still, observe and share what you see with us when you visit one or more of these sites!