In recognition of the Australian Pollinator Week mascot and the important role Australian native bees play in pollination, The Rita Fund has been established to support Australian native bee research.
Managed as part of The Wheen Bee Foundation Research Fund, a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. All contributions made to the The Rita Fund are specifically directed to supporting Australian native bees.
Projects Wheen Bee Foundation supports through the Rita Fund include:
The Australian taxonomic community, through Taxonomy Australia, and with the support of the Wheen Bee Foundation is on an ambitious mission to discover and document all remaining Australian bee species in 6 years. This will require a 16-fold increase in the rate at which new bee species are discovered, documented and named and innovative thinking and approaches, applied in a way that retains the scientific rigour and integrity of high-quality taxonomy.
Please find a link to download the Discover Bees Prospectus PDF below or find out more information.
In 2007, bushfires devastated one of the last remaining refuges for the Green Carpenter Bee in Southern Australia. In a world-first, researchers have identified alternate nest material that can bridge the gap until natural materials regrow. But they need funding to produce enough material to bring this iconic bee back.
Subsequent to the recent bushfires on both Kangaroo Island and in the Blue Mountains the Green Carpenter Bee priorities have changed. Additional funds are urgently required to ensure this bee does not become extinct.
Download the PDF to learn more about the Green Carpenter Bee Conservation Project.
We know how to save this bee – but we need your support to do it!
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