AMNH's Ascher also pointed out that this monitoring project alone won't to tell us everything we need to know about the bees' status. He said that it should be paired with diverse types of sampling that are better able to detect rare bees, and bees that occupy specialized habitats.
Nevertheless, it's a start. And whether or not the project receives funding, entomologists say that the project is a first and is already turning up important data about the U.S.'s native bees. "It shows how much research can be done on a shoestring budget," Bent Creek's McNab says. "And it's something that we can't afford not to do."