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Pollinator Health

The Smithsonian is actively engaged in a national, comprehensive approach to promoting the health of honeybees and other pollinators.

Smithsonian contributes to the interagency Pollinator Health Task Force. In May 2015, the Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health and accompanying science-based Pollinator Research Action Plan which outline needs and priority actions to better understand pollinator losses and improve pollinator health.

The Smithsonian is represented in the plan, both in research and in education, and in highlighting the work (and landscapes) of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, ForestGeo, and Smithsonian Gardens.

The Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office, in 2014, embarked upon a 40-day intensive odyssey to digitize more than 40,000 bumblebees from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's Entomology collection.  Explore that journey here.

Read more about the strategy and plan from the White House. Or review the strategy issued by the Task Force, National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health, its accompanying Pollinator Research Action Plan, and the Appendices to the National Strategy, which includes the Smithsonian Institution Pollinator Action Plan in Appendix M.

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