Celebrate Pollinator Week!

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Pollinator Week is June 21 to 27, 2021. Pollinator Week was started to promote the value of pollinators, such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles, as well as address the issue of declining pollinator populations. There are lots of ways to celebrate, keep reading for some ideas!

Bumblebee moth on zinnia

A bumblebee moth visiting a zinnia flower.

Planting a pollinator garden is a great way to support pollinators in your own yard. You can support bees, butterflies, and other pollinators by growing a variety of flowering plants. Try to select plants that bloom throughout the growing season, and plant them in clusters in your yard to make it easy for pollinators to forage. Here are some resources the help you get started with a pollinator garden:

Flower garden

A garden containing a variety of plants is helpful for supporting pollinators.

If you already have an established garden, or don’t have the ability to plant one, you can spend some time observing pollinator activity in your community. About 80% of flowering plants worldwide rely on pollinators for reproduction. You can likely some of them in action in your yard, neighborhood, or a local park. If you want to learn more about the pollinators you are seeing, check out these resources:

Butterfly milkweed

Many gardeners grow butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) to support Monarch butterflies and their caterpillars. This plant attracts other pollinators as well.

In addition to food, pollinators also need shelter. You can provide a place for pollinators to live in your yard or community. Different pollinators need different types of habitats. Here are some ways to help pollinators find shelter:

Hopefully, you have some time during Pollinator Week to enjoy pollinators in the wild and to learn more about them!

If you are looking for more information about Pollinator Week, or tips on ways to celebrate, visit the Pollinator Partnership website.