Celebrate National Pollinator Week from June 22-28

June 23, 2020 by  
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Thirteen years ago, Pollinator Partnership initiated the annual designation of a week in June to help address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Backed by unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate, Pollinator Week has grown into an international celebration of the fragile ecosystem of bees , birds, butterflies, bats and beetles that help contribute to about 75% of all flowering plant species that require animal pollinators for reproduction. So, what are some of the best ways to help out our planet’s little pollinators? If you have access to a backyard, a window box, a garden or some kind of green space, plant some flowers that are pollinator-friendly. The types of plants that attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators vary by region, so use an Ecoregional Planting Guide to learn which ones will make the pollinators in your area the happiest. Knowing your soil type, planting flowers in clusters for pollinators to target and planting for continuous bloom will help. Related: The best plants for attracting pollinators to your yard Try to reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides whenever possible. Pollinator Partnership offers a digitized training module for farmers and certified pesticide applicators to help increase awareness and skill in minimizing the effects of pesticide applications. Register as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to connect with other gardeners and pollinator-enthusiasts for free, and upload photos or videos of your pollinator site, view profiles of pollinator-friendly plants, measure pollinator progress and highlight areas in need of pollinator action. If you don’t have a green thumb, support your local bees and beekeepers by buying local honey (buying locally sourced products keeps transportation-based carbon emissions low, as well). Because bees, butterflies and other pollinators are drastically affected by climate change , any effort to conserve resources, use less and reduce your carbon footprint is a huge win for everyone. Check out the Pollinator Partnership’s online toolkit for resources and activity ideas for all ages, from webinars on monarch butterfly habitat restoration and pollinator-themed crossword puzzles to school gardening kits and instructions for building a bee box. Each year, local establishments and buildings light up yellow and orange in support of pollinators during Pollinator Week. Participating destinations have included the Empire State Building in New York City, CN Tower in Toronto, City Hall in San Francisco and Niagara Falls in the past. Add lightings, activities and “My Pollinators, My Story” registered gardens to the website’s map . You can also check for local public events in your own neighborhood to participate in and view governor proclamations from all 50 states. + Pollinator Partnership Images via Cole Keister , Mpho Hlakudi and John Duncan

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Can Large Solar Farms Create Pollinator Habitat?

September 18, 2018 by  
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Pollinators play a crucial role in ecosystems. They are instrumental … The post Can Large Solar Farms Create Pollinator Habitat? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies

February 10, 2015 by  
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Spurred into action by monarch butterflies ‘ declining numbers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  launched a campaign yesterday to save these iconic, endangered insects . Monarch numbers have decreased by 90 percent over the past two decades, due to pesticide and herbicide use in agricultural practices, as well as loss of wintering habitats in California and Mexico. This initiative is a desperate attempt to restore pollinator habitat and health: without pollinators , crops don’t get fertilized, and that means no food. For anyone. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Butterflies , milkweed , MONARCH , Monarch Butterflies , Monarch Joint Venture , Monarch Watch , monarchs , pollinator , pollinators , save the butterflies , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

December 12, 2014 by  
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It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees and wasps only began to go extinct after World War II, new evidence is showing that the large-scale changes in agricultural practices  that began shortly after the First  World War were the catalyst for these insects’ demise. Since 1850, 23 pollinator species have gone extinct, with the first massive disappearance occurring in the early 1920s. This rapid decline could have severe consequences for the future of food security across the U.K. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , bee , bee decline , bee extinct , bee extinction , bee habitat , bee protection , bees , Biodiversity , colony collapse , colony collapse disorder , extinct bees , food future , food security , monoculture , neoniconitoids , obama , pesticide , pesticide ban , pesticide use , pesticides , pollen , pollinator , pollinator extinction , pollinator protection , pollinators , president obama , UK bees

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Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

January 24, 2014 by  
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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

May 3, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony collapse and neonicotinoids, The Guardian reports. Seemingly ignoring a lot of research upon which the EU based their decision to ban pesticide use on crops that attract bees , the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency blame plummeting bee populations on a mite. Read the rest of US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Bayer , bees , colony collapse disorder , Environment , environmental protection agency , epa , neonicotinoids , News , pesticides , pollinator , US Dept of Agriculture        

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The Human Bee Pollinator: People in a Beeless World?

February 14, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Fashioning Tech It’s well known by now that much of the action at the failed climate talks in Copenhagen happened outside the convention center. From clashes with police to activists being banned from talks , some of the action was confrontational

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