Pollinator Week, June 21-27, 2021
Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It's a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.
Why should we celebrate and protect pollinators?
- Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops.
- 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.
- The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.
- Due to Colony Collapse Disorder, more than 1 in 3 honeybee colonies has died nationwide.
One of the easiest ways you can help is to help rebuild the pollinators' habitat by planting a native plant that supports the pollinators (bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds).
To identify which plants are best suited to your location, use this ecoregional planting guide, by which plugging in your postal code will help you select plants for pollinators that are tailored to specific areas of the United States.
Another way to help is to support local bees and beekeepers by buying local honey in your area.
If you live in a city and want to learn more about bees and pollinators in cities, check out honeylove.org for urban beekeeping.
The following are some great books that offer suggestions for plants, tips and advise for planting for and supporting pollinators:
The Bee Friendly Garden by Doug Purdie
100 Plants to Feed the Bees by The Xerces Society