Pollinator Week - June 17 to 23

Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Popular events include planting for pollinators, hosting garden tours, participating in online bee and butterfly ID workshops, and so much more.

Pollinator Week 2024 is a celebration of the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystems, economies, and agriculture. Under the inspiring theme "Vision 2040: Thriving ecosystems, economies, and agriculture," this year's event urges us to envision a future where pollinators not only survive but thrive. These essential creatures, including bees, butterflies, moths, bats, beetles, and hummingbirds, are the unsung heroes behind the food we enjoy and the beauty that surrounds us. As we reflect on the interconnectedness of our world, let's unite in a collective effort to protect and preserve these crucial pollinators. By understanding the impact of our actions on their habitats and embracing sustainable practices, we can pave the way for a flourishing future. Join us in celebrating Pollinator Week 2024, and let's cultivate a world where both nature and humanity thrive in harmony. Explore Pollinator Partnership resources, learn about pollinator-friendly initiatives, and be inspired to contribute to the vision of a greener and more sustainable tomorrow.

Meet the Pollinator of the Year: The Flower Fly!

Flower flies are thought to be the second most important pollinating group after bees. This is because they visit flowers more frequently and transfer more pollen than many other flower visitors like butterflies. They visit at least 72% of global food crops and about 70% of wildflowers. Flower flies prefer flowers that are open and have easily accessible pollen and nectar like those in the daisy family. Many are migratory or able to travel long distances, which helps them move plant genes to new places, an act that supports plant reproduction and ecosystem stability.