June 20-26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week has been designated by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

“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.” Mathew Shepherd, Xerces Society Blog.

You can find wonderful resources at www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek and at www.xerces.org to help pollinators increase in numbers and stay healthy. You can also purchase the book Attracting Native Pollinators by the Xerces Society for $25 at the district office.