*Update: Our supporters have blown past our original goal, and now we're aiming to do even more to save the green carpenter bee!
It takes just $3,000 a year to buy a year's worth of nesting stalks for these endangered bees. We've got enough for four years--let's make it five or six! It's crucial to keep the bees alive while the island recovers from the devastation of the bushfires.
From Seacology and our Australian partner, the Wheen Bee Foundation, a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to and shared our campaign.
How often do you get a chance to save a species from extinction? Beginning on Earth Day 2020, you can help Seacology do just that!
A few months ago, massive fires tore across Australia, causing unprecedented destruction. Lives, houses, and wildlife habitat were lost. Prompted by images of the country’s iconic koalas and kangaroos dead or being treated for burns, support poured in from around the world. At the same time, some lesser-known species face an even greater threat.
One such species is the green carpenter bee. These once abundant shimmering green and gold pollinators had already lost most of their historic habitat. The only populations left were on Kangaroo Island and in part of New South Wales–both devastated by the bushfires. Unlike most bees, which nest together in large numbers, the green carpenter bee is a solitary creature. To nest, it burrows into the soft wood of trees like banksia and yacca, which were largely destroyed by the fires. Without a place to nest, the species will not be able to breed and is in danger of rapid extinction.
Working with local bee conservation group the Wheen Bee Foundation, Seacology is providing a critical lifeline for the green carpenter bee. Our campaign will fund hundreds of artificial nests for key areas on Kangaroo Island. These will provide crucial nesting habitat for the bees while the trees grow back.
With your support, we’ll be able to fund enough nests for the next three years—a critical period that will make or break the future of the species. All funds raised will go directly to this project.
We understand that right now, during the covid-19 pandemic,many people are not in a position to donate generously. But fortunately, a little goes a long way when it comes to this project. A nest for the green carpenter bee costs only $50, so any amount you give will make a difference. We are truly grateful to those who are able to support this unique campaign and help us spread the word about the plight of this fascinating species.
We work with island communities to protect island habitats and cultures. Communities agree to protect local habitats, and we provide funds for something the community needs, such as a school, clinic, or help developing sustainable livelihoods. Since 1991, we’ve launched 326 projects on islands in 62 countries and protected approximately 1.4 million acres of some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.
In 2019, Seacology earned four stars from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the highest rating from each service. We are committed to transparency and careful stewardship of our supporters’ contributions.