June 18 – 24 is National Pollinator Week here in the US, where we take some time to appreciate the world’s pollinators and all they do for us. Started in 2007 by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, the US Senate gave its unanimous support to making the last week in June a nationally recognized period to honor the birds and the bees, and is now celebrated internationally as the world becomes more aware of the importance of the important role they play in life on Earth.
It is estimated that roughly 75 percent of all flowering plant species need the assistance of pollinators, who include birds, bees, bats, butterflies, and other insects and small mammals to aid them in fertilization of other plants for their continued survival. If that doesn’t hit you, consider the fact that an estimated one-third of the food and beverages we consume come from those very pollinators. They aid in supporting terrestrial wildlife and providing a healthy watershed — all vital components in a healthy ecosystem.
The outdoors that we literally worship here at SunnyScope would not be possible without the world’s pollinators, so we indeed owe them our gratitude and respect. Here are some ways you can celebrate National Pollinator Week:
- See if there are events in your area where you can enjoy education about the various kinds of pollinators. Bring a friend or a family member along to help increase awareness of pollinators in your community.
- Start a garden that will encourage pollinators to visit your plants. This can be as simple as a small container garden. There are certain wildflower mixes available in many stores that specifically appeal to butterflies if the thought of bees buzzing around this summer turns you off.
- Reduce your impact on the ecosystem. By consciously choosing not to use chemical pesticides, aerosols, or other toxic products that end up in the groundwater and the air, you are taking an active role in passive environmental improvement. Studies have shown that green spaces and natural settings are good for well-being, so what do you have to lose?