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National Pollinators Week 2019 | Celebrating and Protecting our Pollinators

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Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 17-23, 2019 has been designated National Pollinator Week!

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

Twelve years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles.

Though sometimes viewed as a “pests,” bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world and are responsible for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers.

But our cherished bees are facing peril in the form of the disruption of natural habitats. This disruption is in the form of lack of “bee flowers” due to the widespread overuse of pesticides, and numerous bee diseases and parasites have pushed bees to the tipping point. Families can do their part by planting “bee-friendly flowers” like coneflowers, verbena, sedum, climbing petunias, and not treating those flowers with pesticides (insecticides, fungicides or herbicides). That simple act can help to keep bees healthy and firmly on their own six feet.

What is pollination?

Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants. When pollen is moved within a flower or carried from one flower to another of the same species it leads to fertilization. This transfer of pollen is necessary for healthy and productive native & agricultural ecosystems.

  • About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for
  • About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small
  • Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and

National Pollinators Week 2019 | How You Can Help Pollinators

  • Reduce your impact. Reduce or eliminate your pesticide use, increase green spaces, and minimize urbanization. Pollution and climate change affect pollinators, too!
  • Plant for pollinators. Create pollinator-friendly habitat with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and For information on what to plant in your area, download a free eco-regional guide online at www.pollinator.org.
  • Tell a friend. Educate your neighbors, schools, and community groups about the importance of pollinators. Host a dinner, a pollinated food cook-off or other event and invite your friends.
  • Join the Pollinator Partnership Go to pollinator.org and click on “Get Involved.” Be part of a growing community of pollinator supporters.

Something To Do | Books, Recipes, and Activities Celebrating Bees!

Picture Books that help us Be Kind to Bees

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Pollination: Video and Ideas for Summer Learning from Pragmaticmom

With all of this traveling and the heat of summer, bees can get really thirsty. For a bee to drink water they need a surface to land on. To ensure that the bees are not only well fed but well watered too, let’s create a watering hole for them.

This fun activity is from JIAB’s Secret Garden Wednesday project!

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Have you missed some of our Secret Garden Wednesdays? These are too much fun not to read!

Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.

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Whimsical author/illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters and I created this book to not only encourage families to read and participate in some “unplugged” activities but to also delve into the beauty and the wonder of this classic children’s tale. Get the full scoop on this vibrant book HERE and “meet me in the garden!”

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