‘Save the bees’: New app lets you join the citizen science community

You can now celebrate (and save) bees with this new app

Photo: Earth Day Network/Dhyamis Kleber

Did you know that most of the food we consume every day depend on bees to pollinate it and help it grow?

To celebrate the importance of bees to global biodiversity, Earth Day Network, the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, along with the Wilson Center, and the U.S. Department of State released a mobile app which utilizes citizen science to collect data on bees and other insects around the world.

The app launched Tuesday and will be available in 12 languages.

According to the president of Earth Day Network, Kathleen Rogers, it will fill knowledge gaps and help experts combat insect decline and protect pollinator species.

“Earth Day Network and our partners are thrilled to release the global app as part of Earth Challenge 2020. Our goal is to support scientists, promote activism in the citizen science community, and to educate users on personal actions they can take to support some of the world’s most critical pollinator and insect species. Together, the data and citizen activism will support change in the United States and around the globe.”

Users can take a photo of any species of bee they see, upload it, and tag the picture by genus and location. This data will be used to train artificial intelligence (AI) that could benefit a range of conservation goals.

Editors note: This article was produced in partnership with Earth Day Network. In a democracy, every voice matters. Click here to pledge to vote on environmental progress in 2020. 

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