CATCH THE BUZZ
Pollinator Week 2014 Mobilizes America for Pollinators
The Pollinator Partnership (P2)
announced today that its signature initiative, Pollinator Week, has
reached significant new milestones in 2014. Established in 2007,
Pollinator Week has grown exponentially in scope each year with this year June
16-22 being designated by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 44
governors as a week to celebrate and protect the nation’s pollinating
animals (a complete list of State proclamations and events is available
at http://pollinator.org/npw_events.htm). Pollinators, like bees, butterflies, birds and
other animals, bring us one in every three bites of food, protect our
environment. They form the underpinnings of a healthy and sustainable future.
From the Louisville Middle School on Main Street, Louisville, CO to the Bee
Palooza at Michigan State University; from the Unitarian Universalist Church of
Asheville, NC to the 3rd-5th graders at the Citizen
Science Nature Camp in Houston, TX – Americans have made pollinator health an
issue that they are doing something about!
Joining and supporting this effort are
some of the largest businesses and most powerful voices in the country.
This year has marked a strong surge in interest in the health of America’s
pollinators including First Lady Michelle Obama’s first-ever White House
pollinator garden. Pollinator Week marks a new dawn of wise land management
across the country and new initiatives launched during Pollinator Week 2014
will multiply the efforts to support pollinators. The following items are just
The Highways BEE Act has been
introduced in the Congress by the joint leadership of Rep. Alcee Hastings
(D-FL) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator
Protection Caucus (CP2C). Over 200 national, regional, and local
organizations and 2,000 American scientists and individuals from all walks of
life across the nation have already signed a petition in support. This
pollinator action-opportunity continues for all interested organizations,
businesses and individuals at http://www.pollinator.org/BEEAct.htm.
Pollinator Week showcases the brand new
pollinator poster of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC),
Native Orchids Need Their Pollinators. This 2014 poster marks the
debuts of pollinator artist Emily Underwood, a
scientific illustrator living and working in central California.
The poster is available at www.pollinator.org where a new web feature illuminates the intricate
interactions between wild orchids and their pollinators, including video
footage of orchid pollination.
To kick off Pollinator Week, the
Pollinator Partnership teamed with Walgreens, Burt’s Bees, and the
Evanston Ecology Center to plant a pollinator garden with volunteers from
local schools and gardening groups. The garden, located at the Evanston,
Illinois Ecology Center, will be a learning resource for people and a
much-needed habitat for local and migratory pollinating species. The
nearly quarter acre site will be completed with a second planting later in the
summer. The garden has been built with funding from the sales of Burt’s
Bees lip balm purchased at the new LEED-certified Walgreens in Evanston which
opened in the fall of 2013. For information contact Mark@pollinator.org.
Efforts during Pollinator Week, and
indeed year-round, are working to reverse and prevent pollinator declines
caused by loss of habitat, disease, pesticides, parasites and other
interconnected assaults on pollinator populations. Laurie Davies Adams,
Executive Director of P2 said, “It’s appropriate to see the highest levels of
government as well as the grassroots individuals and communities taking action
for pollinators. We applaud everyone participating in Pollinator Week
2014. It’s a great starting point for actions, large and small, that
support the future of our pollinators, our food supply, and our environment.”
POLLINATOR PARTNERSHIP (P2)
Established in 1997, the Pollinator
Partnership is the largest 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated
exclusively to the health, protection, and conservation of all pollinating
animals. Pollinator Partnership’s actions for pollinators include education,
conservation, restoration, policy, and research. P2’s financial support
comes through grants, gifts, memberships and donations from any interested
party. P2’s policies are science-based, set by its board of directors,
and never influenced by any donor. To make a donation or for information
on events during Pollinator Week, visit www.pollinator.org
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