DID YOU KNOW that an estimated 1/3 of all food & beverages are delivered by pollinators! Almost 90% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators for fertilization and about 200,000 species (e.g. bees & wasps, butterflies & moths, beetles & ants, bats & hummingbirds, etc.) of animals act as pollinators. Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. Foods & beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila. Pollinators are often keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere!
Furthermore, ten years ago, the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. ‘Pollinator Week’ has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, moths, bats, etc. The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. For more information on the biology & ecology of pollinators, pollinator-friendly gardens, and pollinator I.D. sheets, activities, & recipes, please visit the Pollinator Partnership and the Xerces Society’s websites, as well as Carlisle Reservation’s ‘Wildlife Observation Area’. Also, check-out our MAY/JUNE Arrowhead public programs guide for upcoming pollinator-themed programs! Thank you, ~CVC Naturalist Miss Jenn 🙂