- Author: Chris M. Webb
Pollinators are vital to our food and ecosystems. Many of the pollinators we depend on are in decline.
Five years ago, the U.S. Congress designated the last week in June as National Pollinator Week. The Secretary of the USDA signs a proclamation each year.
The Pollinator Partnership provides much information about pollinators, their importance, as well as the purpose of Pollinator Week.
From their website:
"Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort…Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators’ message out to as many people as possible. It's not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let's SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!"
The Pollinator Partnership has many free resources designed to help make your celebration powerful and informative. A collection of guides, fast facts and general information are also available to help people, industry and communities support pollinator populations.
National Pollinator Week is observed in June. Now is a great time to start preparing with your group to celebrate pollinators while educating others!