Pollinators bring us the wildflowers of spring, the berries of summer, the pumpkins we carve into jack-o’-lanterns in fall. Our dinner tables would be less enticing without them: approximately three-quarters of crop plant species need a bee or other pollinator, which translates to roughly one-third of the food and drink that we consume. More than 8 in 10 flowering plants rely on a pollinator for reproduction, plants which provide food and shelter for myriad other wildlife.
It seems like there are plenty of reasons to celebrate pollinators, and that’s what we’ll be doing during this month. In the US and Canada, National Pollinator Week is marked during the third week of June (20th – 26th). Coordinated by the Pollinator Partnership, scores of organizations are holding events or making special efforts during the week. It’s great that pollinators have their own week; these hard-working animals deserve the accolades and time in the spotlight!
Because the Xerces Society endeavors to protect all invertebrates, for us, every week is Pollinator Week.
Monarch Butterfly, photo by Bryan E. Reynolds
But for us, every week is pollinator week.
The Xerces Society may do more to protect and help pollinators than any other nonprofit. Over the last decade, thanks to the support and collaboration of individual donors, foundations, businesses, and public agencies, we have built a pollinator conservation team that includes entomologists, ecologists, botanists, conservation biologists, restoration specialists, and pesticide specialists that allow us to be engaged with pollinator conservation at all levels from the White House to your backyard.
Throughout June, we’ll be sharing some information about bees, butterflies, flies, and other pollinating insects, highlighting some of the amazing partners with which we work and who make so much possible. We’ll also be offering information that you can use to make a difference in your own neighborhood. There are dozens of events that Xerces staff are involved with during the coming weeks. Check out the events page to see what’s happening in your area.
June is a beautiful month. Get out and about to enjoy any Pollinator Week activities in your local area, whether they involve us or are presented by other organizations. On sunny days, take the chance to walk in your local park or nearby natural area to see who’s pollinating what. Let us know what you find, and if you have questions, feel free to post them to our Facebook page. But most importantly, appreciate pollinators and everything they bring into your life.
By Matthew Shepherd, Communications Director