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(article, Culinate staff)
Earlier this month, the first annual national Great Bee Count took place, in which volunteers across the country stared at flowers and counted the number of honey bees they spotted in 15 minutes. The average count? Just over two bees per quarter-hour. That's not a lot, and one of the chief reasons why the count was held. Honey-bee populations have been dwindling in the U.S. for decades, but drastically so in recent years, and given their agricultural importance — they're responsible for pollinating most of the crops we eat — researchers want to know where they still are and how they're doing. For more info, check out the Great Sunflower Project and Your Garden Show.