Three years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of the final week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. In just three years Pollinator Week has grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.
Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators’ message out to as many people as possible.
It's not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let's SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!
The Pollinator Week Kit is filled with fliers, recipes, stickers and more for your NPW event
Many states require that one of their citizens request that events such as Pollinator Week be officially proclaimed. In 2009, 36 states officially declared Pollinator Week!
Please take a moment to sign and mail the letter below to your governor. Your effort is making Pollinator Week 2010 a great success!
The following documents are available for download; a list containing governor contact information and a sample letter that can be easily customized
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2010 Pollinator Week Events by U.S. Region
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|By proclamation, Governor Bob Riley declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Alabama.|
|By proclamation, Governor Mike Beebe declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Arkansas.
June 25 - June 26, 2010 Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival XIV
Celebrate Arkansas Pollinator Week and immerse yourself in this unique resource rich in butterfly diversity. Guest speakers and park interpreters lead walks and talks exploring butterfly biology and gardening. Children of all ages enjoy the popular Bug Bonanza Pavilion, which includes live insects, games, and make-and-take crafts. Browse the Logan County Master Gardeners' plant sale for the next addition to your garden. Don't miss the special concert Saturday night that closes out this natural festival!
Visit www.MountMagazineStatePark.com or call (479) 963-8502 for more information. Admission: Free
|By proclamation, Governor Janice K. Brewer declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Arizona.
Celebrate National Pollinator Week 2010! in the Sonoran Desert
What: A three day long celebration of native pollinators (bees, birds, bats, butterflies) and native Sonoran Desert flowering plants in the verdant 49 acre gardens of Tohono Chul Park in NW Tucson, AZ
Main Event: Saturday, June 26th 9 AM to 5PM
An all day celebration of pollinators with six free lectures and several workshops (macro photography, bird banding, pollinator gardening), along with displays/exhibits by 12 local environmental organizations and Tohono Chul Park. A photography contest open to AZ residents (with prizes announced and winning prints displayed at Tohono Chul) will also be part of the celebration. Winners will be announced during the festivities on June 26th. On the previous Thursday and Friday nights, two special lectures will be presented. Speakers during the event will include Drs. Stephen Buchmann and Ted Fleming, along with Christie Williamson and others yet to be determined.
Co-sponsors of the event are the Pollinator Partnership, Tohono Chul Park, Bat Conservation International and Tucson Audubon.
Learn about the photo contest here in pdf and online here http://www.tohonochulpark.org/wordpress/gardens/pollinator-week/
Click here for a printable PDF flyer on the Arizona events.
Our first stop on the “Eco-Fun” Tour is Tohono Chul Park where they are celebrating National Pollinator week from June 21-27. Just in case you didn’t know… Tohono Chul Park is located in Tucson Arizona. An award winning park where nature, art and culture connect. Named one of the World’s Great Botanical Gardens by Travel + Leisure and listed by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada, there is something for everyone. This oasis in the desert offers a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, provides an informative look at the region’s fascinating cultural traditions.
Along with Bat Conservation International, the Pollinator Partnership and Tucson Audubon Society, Tohono Chul Park invites you to celebrate National Pollinator Week June 21 to 27. You will discover Bats, Birds, Butterflies and Bees. In addition, beginning Monday, June 21, finalists in the Pollinators in Action digital photography contest will be on display in the Education Center Classroom #1 through July 5 (closed on June 27 and July 4). From 9am to 4pm on Saturday, June 26, visit the Sonoran Seasons Garden and Children’s Ramadas and talk with representatives of local “pollinator and plant” organizations like Tucson Audubon, Bat Conservation International and the Sky Island Alliance. Awards for the Pollinators in Action photography contest will be presented in the Performance Garden at 2pm. To register for any lecture or workshop, call520- 742-6455 ext. 228.
Please join Tohono Chul Park for a week that promises to be educational and fun. Click here to read more!!!
|By proclamation, Mayor Kathy McKeithen declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the Town of Atherton, California.
Letter of support from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of the State of California.
|By proclamation, Governor Bill Ritter Jr. declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Colorado.|
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will celebrate the beginning of National Pollinator Week 2010 at our June 19th Market Day.
Faith Kuehn, Plant Industries Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture will present "The Pollinator Friendly Garden" to adults and children from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the demonstration area of the Market.. Her interest in native bees began about 5 years ago, prompted by an inquiry from Delaware's State Apiarist. Funding was obtained from Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program) to finance an ongoing project to catalog native bees in Delaware's vegetable production areas, and work with farmers to establish bee conservation practices. The Delaware Department of Agriculture publication, Delaware Native Plants for Native Bees (6.88MB) will be available for attendees.
Dave Baues of Baues' Busy Bees, a Market vendor, will follow Faith's presentation. He will share experiences and details of beekeeping.
In addition, Lewes Children's Librarian, Maureen Miller, will spotlight bees and butterflies in her story hour from 9 AM - 10 AM.
Books on pollination will be available for sale at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market information table.
For more information on "Farming for Native Pollinators" in Delaware, visit http://dda.delaware.gov/plantind/pollinator.shtml
The Brandywine Zoo will be celebrating National Pollinators Week June 21 to 27.
|By proclamation, Governor Charlie Crist declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Florida.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge will sponsor its third annual Pollinator Day Saturday June 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The event will include a guided tour of the Marsh trail at 10:00 a.m. and a guided Cypress Boardwalk tour at 1:00 p.m. to observe pollinators at work
Enjoy honey tasting from local beekeepers, and exotic ones from around the world. There will also be a display of foods that are only possible because of pollination by the honey bee.
The day will also include Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Bee Hives, storytelling, Candle making, and Power Point presentations on butterflies, birds, bees and their role in the pollination process.
22 June 2010 - Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society meeting
7:30 pm, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 7:15 pm. Merchandise sales are before and after the program (cash/check only). The plant raffle follows the program.
In Celebration of Pollinator Week! Dr. Suzanne Koptur, Professor of Biology at Florida International University, will present Gardening for Pollinators with Pine Rockland Wildflowers
Naples, Florida –June 22, 2010 – Guests of Lemon Tree Inn of Naples, Florida released 3,000 ladybugs this weekend in celebration of National Pollinator Week. Ladybugs are a natural pesticide control and eat aphids, mites and other pests that harm plants. Earlier this year the boutique hotel installed a butterfly garden with help from avid gardener and super model Hunter Reno, who installs organic gardens at homes, schools and parks. The ladybug release was such a success with guests that the hotel plans on releasing ladybugs as needed by the plants.
“It is all part of our effort to enhance our guests’ experience at Lemon Tree Inn,” said Rob DeCastro, General Manager of Lemon Tree Inn, “This makes our courtyard garden more interactive, eco-friendly and, though small, it does have a positive impact on the area as we are helping pollinators like butterflies. Pollinators like butterflies help keep the flowers blooming from town to the farms and through the Everglades.” The hotel reports that since creating the butterfly garden, the butterfly population has quadrupled.
Lemon Tree Inn offers a Pollination Package, conceived after the recent reopening of the Naples Botanical Garden. The Pollination Package includes three nights at the hotel including taxes, two tickets to Naples Botanical Garden, a guide on how to build your own pollinator garden, and a packet of flower seeds to help get the garden started. The Pollination Package is $259 now through December 14, 2010 and $399 from Dec 15, 2010 – April 14, 2011. Rates are based on two people (double occupancy) for the three-night stay. Additional nights are available at an additional charge.
“One of the best surprises about Lemon Tree Inn is our garden which has lime trees, tropical flowering bushes and a variety of palms.,” says Sid Kalmans, owner of Lemon Tree Inn, a charming tropical hotel in the heart of Old Naples, Florida. “The Pollination Package allows them to explore and learn about gardens and pollinators, all while enjoying a relaxing vacation.”
The courtyard garden at Lemon Tree Inn is designed to attract pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds, which in turn pollinate plants and trees all over Naples. By reducing its pesticide use and using more organic alternatives, Lemon Tree Inn has also taken steps to protect pollinators. During Pollinator Week, which is in June, Lemon Tree Inn will release butterflies and ladybugs to further encourage pollination and eco-friendly plant care. Butterflies are among the top pollinators and ladybugs are ravenous eaters of aphids, mites and other pests that damage plants.
|By proclamation, Governor Sonny Perdue declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Georgia.
Each weekday, June 21-25, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during National Pollinator Week 2010, we will have information and activities at our newly installed Pollinator Habitat* demonstration area in the parking lot adjacent to Confederate Hall in Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA. A temporary exhibit highlighting pollinators will be on display all week inside of Confederate Hall.
Pollinator Week posters will be available (while supplies last) as well as Georgia specific information about pollinators and creating a habitat for them. Activities during the week will include games, crafts and making newspaper pots for seed plantings.
*Pollinator Habitat Certification is a program created by Monarchs Across Georgia. Details and applications can be found at http://www.monarchsacrossga.org/MAGCertification.php.
|Pollinator Workshop - NRCS Manhattan Plant Materials Center, Manhattan, Kansas
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. - Noon
“Your Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators: Things You Should Know about Pollinators and Pollinations”
Wildflower and pollinator observation and habitat issues will be discussed. Workshop is free. If you have special needs, please let the PMC know when you register. Please bring a lawn chair and bug spray and dress appropriately for the weather. Please see Pollinator Workshop Flyer for more information.
Manhattan Plant Materials Center (PMC)
|By proclamation, Mayor Nancy Chaney declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the City of Moscow, Idaho.
Perennials, Trees & Shrubs: June 21-28 is National Pollinator Week! Over 75% of our food crops (including chocolate and coffee!!) rely on bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds and small mammals for pollination. Plant some of their favorite flowers to encourage them to pollinate your crops. Agastache will bring in the butterflies and hummingbirds. All of our varieties will be 20% OFF through the end of the month. Here is a list of other plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
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| By proclamation, Governor Pat Quinn declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Illinois.
|By proclamation, Governor Mitch Daniels declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Indiana.
The LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with Save the Dunes and the Tryon Farm Institute to plant a large pollinator habitat at Tryon Farm in Michigan City, IN. Students came from the Lydia Home in Chicago, IL. They learned about the process and importance of pollination, played a few pollinator games, and then planted a large pollinator garden! The students were also treated to a honeybee demonstration by resident bee keeper, Suzanne Baldwin Krause. After lunch, the students also learned about aquatic organisms and did some pond study work!
The event was made possible by dedicated education staff from Soil and Water and Save the Dunes. They are (pictured, left to right) Noelle Conklin, LaPorte County SWCD, Nicole Messacar, LaPorte County SWCD, Erin Crofton, Save the Dunes and Chloe Lawson, Save the Dunes.
|By proclamation, Governor Bobby Jindal declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Louisiana.|
|By proclamation, Governor John Elias Baldacci declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Maine.
The National Park Service, US Geological Survey, Maine Forest Service, Maine Entomological Society, University of Maine, and Acadia Partners for Science and Learning are pleased to sponsor the 8th annual bioblitz at Acadia National Park on July 30, 31, August 1 and 2.
This year, we will be targeting one of the largest orders of insects - sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants. The event is open to professional entomologists, amateur naturalists, and other interested persons. As in the past, the event will be based at the park’s Schoodic Education and Research Center and collecting will be focused in the Schoodic section of the park. Lodging at the Schoodic Education and Research Center will be provided to participants at no charge; however space is limited, and will is available on a first-registered, first-served basis. Participants will only need to pay a small registration fee and food costs - meals will be provided by Acadia Partners for Science and Learning.
The event will begin with dinner on Friday evening followed by presentations about ongoing research or emerging issues of interest to the entomological community. Saturday morning will feature a workshop on collecting and identifying the Hymenoptera. The official bioBlitz will commence around noon and continue 24 hours till noon on Sunday. The remainder of Sunday and Monday morning will be focused with sorting, pinning, and identifying collected specimens. Lead taxonomists for the event will be Sam Droege from the US Geological Survey and Eleanor Groden and Frank Drummond from the University of Maine.
The final date for registration is June 18, 2010.Return registration forms to: June Devisfruto, Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, P.O Box 570, Winter Harbor, ME 0469.3 Information and the registration form are posted at the park’s web site: http://www.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/bioblitz.htm For more information, please contact me at Acadia National Park (firstname.lastname@example.org or 207/288-8720). Please distribute this to others who may be interested.
|By proclamation, Governor Martin O'Malley declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Maryland.
Bowie, Maryland kicked off National Pollinator Week, and Maryland Pollinator Week on June 21, 2010 at the Bowie City Council meeting. Former Mayor and Chair, Bowie Environmental Advisory Committee, Gary Allen talked about pollinators, and he gave Governor O'Malley's "Maryland Pollinator Week" proclamation to Mayor Robinson and City Council Members (to view the City Council Meeting, go to http://cityofbowie.org/studio.asp, select June 21, and view the "Citizen Participation" portion of the agenda).
In Bowie, the Bowie Gardens for Wildlife Habitat Team is partnering with local retailers to celebrate Pollinator Week -- MOM's Organic Market, Patuxent Nursery, and Polyxenes--A Wild Bird & Nature Store are all celebrating this week. Each store is raising awareness with their customers about the importance of pollinators. The Bowie Gardens for Wildlife Habitat Team is comprised of local volunteers who work in conjunction with the Bowie Environmental Advisory Committee. Their mission is to meet or exceed the National Wildlife Federation's Community Wildlife Habitat requirements by providing education about how to create wildlife habitat and by supporting a "community" of environmental stewards. National Pollinator Week and Maryland Pollinator Week provide a wonderful opportunity for the Habitat Team to encourage homeowners, business owners, schools, and others to provide habitat for pollinators.
The Bowie Gardens for Wildlife Habitat Team thanks Patuxent Nursery for celebrating Pollinator Week with us! Patuxent Nursery is displaying posters and fact sheets about pollinators and the local Community Wildlife Habitat effort. In response to customer demand for native plants, Patuxent Nursery identifies Maryland natives, and native cultivars, with a special sign displaying the Maryland flag. Customers can place orders for plants native to the region to create habitat and to support pollinators. Cheers to Patuxent Nursery!
|Kids See Pollinators Up Close at Buhr Park!
NOTICE, the date has been moved back to August 28, 2010 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Buhr Park in Ann Arbor kids can see pollinators up close. The third annual observation of National Pollinator Week will feature live insects in jars or terrariums for safe close-up observation. An entomologist will talk about how pollination leads to seeds and fruit. Then children can search the native plants for eggs, larvae and adult insects. Co-sponsored by Buhr Park Childrens Wet Meadow project, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation and Wild Ones – Native Plants, Native Landscapes. Everyone is welcome including kids of all ages and their parents. Bring hats, sunscreen, and a picnic if you wish. (Please leave pets at home.) There is no charge. Buhr Park is located at 2781 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. For more information, phone Mark at 734-478-1333
June 28, Monday, 7:00pm "Beekeeping 101: Supporting Pollinators & Urban Honeybees"
Location: Michigan Avenue Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library,
229 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Contact information: Lisa Bashert, email@example.com, 734-483-6420
Beekeeping 101 - Find out about how to support pollinators in your yard and learn the importance of urban honeybees. Through its Local Honey Project, the Ypsilanti Food Coop has just placed five new hives at the Co-op, Growing Hope Center and The Farm at St. Joe's. Our goals are to teach about beekeeping with natural management practices, make more local honey available, support heathy, Michigan-adapted honeybee colonies, and encourage local entrepreneurism. Lisa Bashert of Ypsi Food Co-op will present this program and is also looking for volunteers to join the beekeepers of the Local Honey Project. Sponsored by Ypsilanti Food Co-op
|June 12, 2010 (Saturday) at 10 am - See dazzling spring flowers, such as wild lupine, hoary puccoon, columbine and wild geranium, on a Wildflower Tour of prairie openings in the oak savanna at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m. This free tour celebrates National Pollinator Week. Tour participants meet at the Old School House on Co. Rd. 9 and car-pool to the Wildlife Drive.
Contact: Nancy Haugen (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 763-389-3323 Ext. 13)
Pollinator Day Open House
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Sponsored by the Big Lake Park Advisory Committee & The Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District
Learn Why Pollinators are Important & How You Can Provide For Them in Your Own Backyard!
- Build a birdhouse
- Build a Bee Hotel
- Help plant a butterfly garden
- Build a pollinator sundae
- Tips for backyard bird feeding & More!
A limited number of Free Back yard Pollinator Habitat Kits will be available call to eserve yours! Gina or Bill 7632411170ext. 3
|By proclamation, Governor Haley Barbour declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Mississippi.|
|By proclamation, Governor Jay Nixon declared June 21-27, 2010 Pollinator Week in the State of Missouri.
Missouri Botanical Garden
On Saturday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Jefferson County Beekeepers’ Association will be available at the Garden’s Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Visitors can ask the experts about bees and beekeeping, get an up-close look at beekeeping equipment and gear, and learn more about this increasingly popular hobby.
Families can stop by the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden anytime in June to explore the power of pollination at three drop-in Germination Stations. “Pollination Pals” invites children to dress up like their favorite pollinator and visit large flowers in the Pollination Garden. Discuss which flowers you like best and learn which flowers are favored by certain pollinators. “Pollination Picnic” takes a closer look at foods that we owe to pollinators, and what would happen if these pollinators disappeared. “Traveling Pollen” features hand puppets that kids can use to “feed” on nectar in flowers. Learn how bees carry pollen on their legs and discover the other ways pollinators help pollen travel. Germination Stations are included with Children’s Garden admission of $5 for ages 3 to 12; adults are included with general Garden admission.
Join Great Green Adventures on Saturday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. for “What’s All the Buzz About?” Explore the benefits of insects, search for them in the Garden and learn ways to help them at home. Great Green Adventures are $3 per child, in addition to general Garden admission.
Adults can join their favorite youngster age 4 to 6 for Pitzman Nature Study: “Busy Birds” on Saturday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Discover why birds find the Garden such a wonderful place to live and decorate a birdhouse to take home. Class cost is $18 and includes one child and one adult; register online at www.mobot.org/classes.
The Missouri Botanical Garden open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis. General admission is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free. For more information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 5775100.
Children ages 2 to 4 with an adult can enjoy a special Bugaloo class on “Celebrating Seasons: Spring.” Explore the new blossoms and babies that the spring season brings through age-appropriate games and activities on Friday, June 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or Sunday, June 13 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per class and includes one child and one adult; register at www.mobot.org/classes.
The Butterfly House is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, located at 15193 Olive Blvd. at Faust Park in Chesterfield, Mo. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information, visit www.butterflyhouse.org or call (636) 530-0076.
Friday, June 11, bring your 4 to 6-year-old for Pitzman Nature Study: “Over in the Garden” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Youngsters will explore the new blossoms and babies of the spring season through games and activities designed with their age in mind. Cost is $18 and includes one child plus accompanying adult; register in advance at www.mobot.org/classes.
The Shaw Nature Reserve is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily; the Visitors’ Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Reserve is located on Interstate 44 in Gray Summit, Mo. at exit #253 (two exits west of Allenton/Eureka). Admission is $3 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.shawnature.org or call (636) 451-3512.
The EarthWays Center promotes sustainability through environmental education and is open for public tours on the third weekend of every month at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. at 3617 Grandel Square in Grand Center. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.earthwayscenter.org or call (314) 577-0220.
To view Missouri Botanical Garden's web page on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor, go to: http://www.zandavisitor.com/forumtopicdetail-1032-Missouri_Botanical_Garden
|By proclamation, Governor Brian Schweitzer declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Montana.
|By proclamation, Governor Dave Heineman declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Nebraska.|
|Hamilton, Mercer County, New Jersey
The Mercer County Soil Conservation District will host a Pollinator Picnic on June 24th, 2010, from 4pm to 7pm. This free event is open to the public and will include a variety of games, crafts and activities for children as well as presentations for adults. Presenters will include Rutgers Assistant Professor and Native Bee Specialist Rachael Winfree, Master Beekeeper and Mason Bee Specialist Melissa Palmer, and Mercer County Horticulturist Barbara Bromley. Families are asked to bring a picnic dinner and blanket. Light refreshments will be provided. The event will continue in light rain, but will be cancelled in the case of severe weather. For details, visit http://mercerscd.org/education/pollinators.htm or call (609)586-9603
Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland, New Jersey
30 monarchs and 20 painted ladies as well as some caterpillars and chrysalises from Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm with host and nectar plants were placed it all in a 10x10 tent surrounded by mesh. Families registered for 10 minute time slots to enter the tent. They were also provided foam brushes with purple Gatorade to pick-up and hold the butterflies. Crafts and activities related to butterflies and pollination were led in our classroom. They included making seed balls and learning about the importance of pollinator plants, looking at wings through a microscope, creating butterfly wing symmetry art, painting egg carton caterpillars and more.
After the event, the plants in the tent went into our butterfly/bee pollinator garden and the butterflies were released. We kept the tent up for about one week so that our summer campers would have the opportunity to enter as well.
|By proclamation, Governor Bill Richardson declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of New Mexico.
Pollinators and Plants, Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 26, 2010 (Saturday), noon to 1 pm at the Albuquerque BioPark Education Building. Presentation on "Pollinators and plants: a relationship explored through a rare, New Mexican butterfly." This is part of a Pollinator Celebration at the Botanic Garden from 10 am to 2 pm. See event description at: http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/common/juneevents.html#BGPoll
The Education Building is located between the Aquarium and the Botanic Garden entrance. For more information contact: Julie McIntyre, Endangered Species Biologist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, phone: 505.248.6507 or e-mail:Julie_McIntyre@fws.gov OR Morgan Janiak, Rio Grande Botanic Garden Education Specialist, Albuquerque BioPark, phone: 505.848.7172 or e-mail: email@example.com
Every year, the Wild Friends – New Mexico students in grades 4-12 – write legislation to help the state's wildlife. During the legislative session, many of the young people travel to the Capitol in Santa Fe to convince the lawmakers to pass their legislation. This year, the Southwest’s birds, bees, beetles, bats and butterflies got a boost when the students pushed through twin memorials requesting the state to take various actions to promote the use of pollinator-friendly plants, including proclaiming “New Mexico Pollinator Week”. Wild Friends is a program of the Center for Wildlife Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Information about the program is available at http://wildfriends.unm.edu
Wild Friends groups from several schools brought the Pollinator Partnership's "Pollination Equation" poster art depicting pollinator importance in human food crops and medicines. Horizon Academy West held up 20 original art drawings of plants and their pollinators for the lawmakers to see and study. The "Pollination Equation" poster art showed that native plants provide superior habitats for native pollinators and that the decline of pollinators threatens global food and biodiversity.
See the PDF for more images and info.
By proclamation, Mayor Paul A. Dyster declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the City of Niagara Falls, New York.
Freshkills Park Field Trip: Greenbelt Native Plant Center | Friday, June 25th at 2:30 pm
Please join the Freshkills Park development team on a guided tour of the Parks Department’s Greenbelt Native Plant Center (GNPC) on Staten Island. The GNPC is a 13–acre greenhouse, nursery, and seed bank complex specializing in the collection, cultivation and production of locally native plant material for use in habitat restoration within New York City. They will also be operating a seven-acre native seed farm and a 750-tree nursery within the North Park section of the Freshkills Park site, as well as advising and contributing to large-scale rehabilitation of the site’s habitats. The GNPC is not usually open for public tours, but on June 25th, to celebrate National Pollinator Week, Director Ed Toth will be walking us through their facilities and describing their many projects.
Friday, June 25th at 3 p.m. at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, 3808 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island. This event is free, but registration is required. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 788-8277.
Bees Up Close and Personal
by Katherine Wells, Jun 23, 2010
This week bee lovers around the country are celebrating National Pollinator Week. Let’s give those bees (and butterflies, beetles, bats, and birds) some credit: the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a third of the food humans consume comes from insect-pollinated plants.
Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher thinks bees are not just useful, but beautiful, too. In the introduction to her book of photographs, BEE, Fisher says the revelation that bee eyes – made up of thousands of hexagonal lenses – match the structure of the honeycomb, got her thinking: “Is there a parallel kind of encoding relevant to humanity? At a refined level of our own nature, does our deeper capacity to see and do correspond with an intrinsic structuring?”
That symbolic connection between form and function motivated Fisher to look deeper – or at least more closely. Using a high-res scanning electron microscope, Fisher reveals the intricate, complex structure of bee anatomy. Under this lens, her subjects’ eyes, legs, and antennae become awe-inspiring abstract landscapes, snapping into focus just how much we can’t see with the naked eye.
|By proclamation, Governor Beverly Perdue declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of North Carolina.
Johnston County Pollinator Festival In celebration of National Pollinator Week, Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center and Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will host a day of fun and educational activities for the whole family at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center on June 26, 2010 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Events include pollinator garden tours, crafts, making bee nesting bundles, visiting with vendors and beekeepers, “What’s The Buzz on Native Pollinators?” classes and beekeeping presentations. Join us for one program, or come out for the whole day. Bring a picnic lunch, see the live animal exhibits, explore the nature trails and experience the beauty and awe of Howell Woods. There is no charge for this event. Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center is located at 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524. For more information contact Katrina McDougald at email@example.com or (919) 938-0115 ext. 115. Find out more about Howell Woods at www.howellwoods.org. Pollinators positively affect all our lives-let’s SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!
Celebrate pollinators in Raleigh!
It's National Pollinator Week. There are at least two celebrations in the Triangle:
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pittsboro's Chatham Mills, which is home to Chatham Marketplace. There will be presentations on how to become a beekeeper by local beekeepers, a tour of the pollinator garden and a bee cage, plus lots of activities for the children.
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From 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center in Four Oaks. There will be pollinator garden tours, beekeeping presentations, live animal exhibits and natural trails. The center is at 6601 Devils Racetrack.
|By proclamation, Governor John Hoeven declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of North Dakota.|
|The Montpelier North Wildlife Habitat Site is privately held land owned by The Shelly Company. The site is certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council. This site is not open to the general public at this time. We are holding this event as a community outreach to Local Nature Groups, 4H, Boy’s & Girl Scout Leaders, Educators, Government Agencies, Local Officials and Neighbors to grow their support for Wildlife Habitat Development including Habitats for Pollinators in Montpelier, Williams County, Ohio Area.
Check out the flier here.
|Celebrating National Pollinator Week at Oxley Nature Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma (the 32nd state to declare National Pollinator Week in 2009!)
Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators
Join us at Oxley to celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 21-27. During this week we'll have special exhibits and handouts available. Drop in and visit our gardens and meet some pollinators.
Special Scheduled Events include:
Friday, June 25, Full Honey Moon Walk, 7:00-8:30 p.m. You must pre-register, Fee is $2 per person for non-members.
Friday, June 25, Black Lighting for Moths and Beetles 8:30-10:30 p.m. On the deck at Oxley.
Saturday, June 26: Most events are free and no registration required.
Best Costume Contest! Come dressed as your favorite bee, beetle, bat or butterfly! Prizes will be awarded in each different age category.
Make and Take Bee Habitat: Make a simple wooden solitary bee habitat for your garden; improve your harvest!
Important Bites: Find out the foods we depend on our pollinators for. Where would we be without nuts, chocolate, coffee, spices, vegetables and fruits? ... Hungry!
Face Painting! Add a butterfly to your cheek! Here’s a question — what colors attract different pollinators?
For further details please call or check our website or facebook page! oxleynaturecenter.org 918-669-6644
2nd Annual Farmscaping with Native Plants Field Day - NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center, Corvallis Oregon
A collaborative event of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Center, the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University,
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|By proclamation, Governor Edward G. Rendelli declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Pennsylvania.
2nd Annual " What's the Buzz at Young's Woods Park "
AmeriCorps, Lycoming County Master Gardeners and the City of Williamsport will again sponsor The Buzz on Saturday June 26th from 11am to 3pm. Come out and see how our pollinator garden has grown this past year. Helen Grosso Master Gardener and AmeriCorps member will present How to Be Pollinator Friendly. Play a couple of holes of pollinator mini golf. Children can meet D.B. Pest robot and he'll answer their questions. Robot and mini golf are all courtesy of Penn State University. Learn about worm composting from Master Gardener Carmen Bush. Enjoy the children's songs by AmeriCorps member Michael Miller. Meet Carol McNamee Master Gardener for information on bulbs. Plenty of activities for the children. They can make a bee, butterfly or caterpillar at the crafts table. There will be face and hand painting. Play a round of Ladder Golf. Basketball and Volleyball court will be open.Stay tuned for further details presenters are still being booked. The park is located at Railway St and Menne Alley, 1.5 blocks off of Washington Blvd ( Choice store and Turkey Hill Store ) Come out for a free educational and fun day! All this while learning to be a Pollinator Pal. For more info e-mail Helen Grosso at Lycomgevent@yahoo.com
Edge of the Woods native Plant Nursery is a retail nursery in the Lehigh Valley of PA. We are the only regional nursery specializing in native plants. During pollinator week, we will highlight plants that are beneficial to pollinators, and culminate the week on Saturday June 26 with an opportunity to explore nature in conjunction with the Three Bs Nature Center. Bud Cole of Three B’s Nature Center will be at the nursery from 10 am to 1:30 to show how pollination works to sustain plant and animal life—not to mention food production. At 11 am there will be a special family activity --“The Birds and the Bees with the Three B’s” -- involving children and adults and exploring pollination.
For more information visit www.edgeofthewoodsnursery.com
Spring Garden Farms Inc.
1585 Main St
Birdsboro, PA 19508We are a certified Backyard Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation and we will have a huge selection of herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs on sale for National Pollinator Week. Including parsley, dill, zinnias, salvia, lantana, penta, black - eyed susans, blazing star, flowering trees such as dogwood and redbud, lilacs, and much more. Significant savings on each purchase. Trees and shrubs starting at 30% off. Find us on Facebook for more information.
Pollinator Week event at the Wagner Free Institute of Science:
Join us on Friday, June 25th, from 10-11:00 AM, as the Wagner Free Institute of Science celebrates National Pollinator Week by planting a new Native Pollinator Garden.
Organized groups are encouraged to attend. All participants must RSVP by Tuesday, June 22nd to Sabrina at 215-763-6529 x15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is located at 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia. Please note: This event has no rain date. A Museum visit is not included with this event.
Funding for this project has been generously donated by the Philadelphia Zoo Community Conservation Grant Program.
|By proclamation, Governor Donald Carcieri declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Rhode Island.
Bees Butterflies and Birds, Oh My!! on June 19, 2010 at 10 am for ages 3-6: What do bees butterflies and bats have in common? Let's find out together. We'll see some pictures, look for a butterfly in our exhibits, visit our new butterfly garden and then walk down the trail looking for "busy bees" and "bouncing butterflies" out on our wildlife refuge. We also have bee houses for you to take home and give your garden a boost of "Vitamin Bee!" Join USFWS at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Charlestown, RI, on June 19, 2010 (Saturday) from 10 am to noon. For more information contact: Charles Bullington by e-mail at: Charles_Bullington@fws.gov, or phone: 401.364.9124, ext. 44. For directions go to: http://www.fws.gov/ninigret/complex/driving.html
By proclamation, Governor Mark Sanford declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of South Carolina.
What: North American Butterfly Association count at Congaree National Park will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 26.
To make reservations, call (803) 647-3966. No experience is necessary. Participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sun protection, water and food are recommended, as are binoculars.
An official count will be held June 26 when volunteers and park rangers scatter across a 15-mile radius at the Congaree swamp to see how many different species of butterflies they can identify.
Celebrating National Pollinator Week in Darlington, SC at the County Courthouse there was a Pollinator Awareness Day on Thursday, June 24, 2010, with refreshments and a display of literature describing the importance of pollinators to our food and ecosystems. Darlington is home to many fine gardeners and agriculture is a vital part of the local economy. Judges and attorneys, as well as county officials and employees were quite interested in finding out what they could do to make a difference. Educational materials from Pollinator Partnership as well as links to the website helped everyone receive valuable information that they looked forward to putting into practice.
|By proclamation, Governor Phil Bredesen declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Tennessee.|
|By proclamation, Governor Rick Perry declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Texas.
Pollinator Celebration at the Houston Zoo, June 26th and 27th:
|By proclamation, Governor James H. Douglas declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Vermont.|
National Pollinator Week Celebration: Saturday June 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Leesburg, VA
Take guided Butterfly, Wildflower, and Family Nature Hikes. Children will also be able to do pollinator activities with Virginia Master Naturalists. See a demonstration of the Banshee Reeks Bee Survey and find out how we are contributing to an international project in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey. Learn about Pollinator Gardens, Virginia Native Plants, and attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to your backyard. Find out about the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Annual Butterfly Count. See Loudoun Beekeepers Association information about Apiaries and Local Honey. For more information call 703-669-0316. For National Pollinator Week information visit www.pollinator.org.
For more, check out the Event Flier!
|By proclamation, Governor Christine Gregoire declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Washington.|
Congressional Briefing for National Pollinator Week (Downloable Flier)
Department of the Interior (DOI) Indian Craft Shop Celebrates National Pollinator Week with Pollinators in American Indian Art - a special highlight of American Indian arts at The Indian Craft Shop, located inside the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC.
The purpose of National Pollinator Week is to raise public awareness of the importance of the birds, bees, bats, beetles, butterflies, moths and flies that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops, and to teach pollinator-friendly practices. Across the country, the Pollinator Partnership is launching a “Think global; Act local” initiative to “Take Action for Pollinators." Log on to www.pollinator.org to see what you can do to help pollinators.
One of the many local, state and regional events planned is Pollinators in American Indian Art, a special highlight of American Indian arts at The Indian Craft Shop, located inside the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. Works of art by American Indian artists from across the country have been gathered, including basketry, jewelry, beadwork, pottery, weavings and sculpture that depict pollinators as well the plants they pollinate. Enjoy the whimsy of Kathy Whitman’s jewelry and sculpture depicting hummingbirds, butterflies and flowers; the exceptional skills of potter Mary Louise Eteevan’s butterfly-lidded bowls; and the charm of a bee or hummingbird pin.
Many of today’s American Indian arts honor the elements of the living world, capturing their importance and their beauty – join us as we celebrate Pollinators in American Indian Art from June 16 – 27, 2010.
The Indian Craft Shop, managed by Guest Services, Inc., represents authentic American Indian arts and crafts from over 55 tribal areas within the United States. The Shop, open since 1938 and under historic preservation, is located inside the Department of the Interior, 18th & C Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20240. For additional information, call 202-208-4056, email email@example.com, or check the website at www.indiancraftshop.com.
While the Interior Museum is temporarily closed for modernization, there are public programs and tours of the Ansel Adams Mural Project and art in the building. For information, contact the Interior Museum 202-208-4743.
The public entrance to the U.S. Department of the Interior is at 18th & C Streets, NW. Handicap Access is available at 18th & E Streets. A photo ID is needed for access to the building. The Shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Images Available on request.
Contact: Susan Pourian, The Indian Craft Shop, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Celebrating Pollinators in June
The People’s Garden will be celebrating the importance of pollinators to agriculture and public land throughout June – as a prelude to the fourth annual National Pollinator Week being held from June 21-27, 2010. We will accomplish this goal by offering workshops, setting up a discovery cart and hosting a kick off event.
Pollinator Week Kick Off EventOn Monday, June 21st from 9:30 to 10:30 am in Room 107-A, the People’s Garden will host a panel discussion on pollinators in decline. Six leading experts will be invited to participate. Speakers have been identified from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Pollinator Partnership, National Wildlife Federation, ARS, Smithsonian Institution and Native Pollinators in Agriculture.
After the panel discussion, exhibiting will take place outside the Whitten Building along Jefferson Drive to raise public awareness, promote conservation, protection and restoration of pollinator habitats until 2:00 pm. Various organizations will be invited to participate including AgroForestry, NRCS, FS, ARS, Pollinator Live, Monarch Watch and more.
During the Inter-departmental National Pollinator Week Exhibit hosted on June 21, 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists Steve Hilburger (Program Analyst, USGS Wildlife Program), Sam Droege (Wildlife Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Coordinator of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory), and Elizabeth Sellers (Manager, Pollinators Project of the USGS National Biological Information Infrastructure) showcased examples of USGS pollinator research and biological informatics tools. Learn more on the NBII blog. * Photo: Elizabeth A. Sellers/NBII).
Photographs from the Inter-departmental National Pollinator Week Exhibit hosted on June 21, 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), courtesy of Thomas Van Arsdall.
By proclamation, Governor Joe Manchin III declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of West Virginia.
North Bend State Park, Cairo, WV www.northbendsp.com
September 2010 3rd - 6th ~ Labor Day Weekend
|By proclamation, Governor Jim Doyle declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Wisconsin.|
|By proclamation, Governor Dave Freudenthal declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Wyoming.|
|By proclamation, Governor Gary R. Herbert declared June 21-27, 2010 as Pollinator Week in the State of Utah.
Discovering the World of Bees - Pollinator Workshop
The USDA-ARS Bee Biology & Systematics Laboratory and Utah State University Cooperative Extension have collaborated to create this first-time pollinator workshop for the public. It will be held June 25, 2010, on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, UT starting at 8:00 am MST.
The morning session will include experts who will speak about the spectacular world of bees, pollination of crops, wild bees, and landscaping for pollinators. The afternoon session will consist of the following hands-on workshops:
Each workshop lasts the entire afternoon, so each attendee can select only one workshop. Please see out webpage for more information.
Registration is required to attend the presentations and workshop of your choice. Lunch will be provided for each registered attendee. Seats are limited so please register now at
|Celebrate International Pollinator Week June 21-27, 2010!
Bees, butterflies, birds and bats are essential players in our gardens, farms and wild areas. They are the pollinators that help produce fruit, vegetables and flowers. It is estimated that one out of every three bites humans eat can be attributed to a pollinator.
Urban Buzz: A Tale of Three Cities (Multi-media art exhibit): A visual journey to learn about the different ways bees inhabit Toronto, New York City and the San Francisco Bay area. Artists include: Sabrina Malach (photographs), Charmaine Lurch (wire bee sculptures), Sarah Peebles (audio), Michael Abraham (film)
The Pollinator’s Festival: A full day celebration of pollinators with workshops from a diverse group of educators and a marketplace with local honey, bee houses made by local artists and scientists, books and other goods.
· 10:00-11:15 -Exploring the lives of Bumblebees with Sheila Colla, PhD
· 11:30-12:45- Pollinator Gardening: Tips and Tricks to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden with Dr. Clement Kent and The Brickworks staff
· 1:00-2:00-Honey Bee Hive Life with the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative
· 2:00-2:25-Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are At Risk and What You Can Do to Save Them with Dr. Laurence Packer
· 2:30-4:15-Pollinator Monitoring with Dave Barr, Maria Kasstan, and Norma Barr
· 4:30-5:30- The Movement of Bees with Naomi Tessler and Zita Nyrady
**All day marketplace with great information and materials including the display and sale of ‘bee houses’ for your garden’s solitary bees by artists, architects and creative thinkers (Details and flickr page via resonatingbodies.wordpress.com) , local honey made by Toronto honey bees and Dr. Laurence Packer’s new book Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees are at Risk and What We Can Do To Save Them.
Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solitary Dream Homes (for Toronto bees), is a grass roots initiative for Toronto, Canada, in celebration of International Pollinator Week 2010 - but can inspire copycats everywhere! SDH had its first bee house exhibit at the Pollinators Festival, June 27, 2010 at the Toronto Evergreen Brick Works, as part of IPW festivities in Toronto (June 21-27, 2010). SDH invites everybody to create bee houses (a/k/a bee condos or bee boxes), sculptures and other structures which re-imagine the “mason bee box” as a compelling, inventive and functional nesting space for ALL local species of wild, tunnel-nesting (solitary) bees, however simple or complex (not just mason bees!).
We've posted our easy DIY, biological info, great photos/videos and more at Resonating Bodies (resonatingbodies.wordpress.com), AND, we've created two web galleries which display houses for native bees. These two flickr groups share our and your creations with the world:
“Hymenopteran Housing Projects” , a global Flickr group
"Solitary Dream Homes ", a photo stream for Toronto creations
What's inside your bee homes and your garden's old rasberry bramble and rotting logs?? See our macro videos of solitary bees and wasps making nests inside wooden blocks - some with macro audio, too!
June 21-27, 2010 has been designated International Pollinator Week and events will be held across North America, including in Guelph, Ontario, in an attempt to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and what can be done to help them. With gardening season upon us, take time to consider how you can incorporate pollinator habitat into your yard, such as by planting pollinator-friendly native plants, making bee-nests, leaving a downed tree or branch to decompose, or providing an area of exposed soil for ground-nesting bees. Don’t forget to sit back and watch the pollinators do their thing though!
Pollinator Day in the Garden – University of Guelph Arboretum, Sunday June 20, 2010 10am-3pm
Pollination Guelph will be holding their second-annual Pollinator Day in the Garden at the Gosling Gardens section of the Guelph Arboretum on Sunday, June 20, from 10am to 3pm. There will be lots of things to see and do, making it a very family-friendly event. Guided tours will be led by pollination biologist Victoria MacPhail at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm, where different types of pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants will be pointed out, and a general discussion about pollination-related topics will occur. There will be honeybee and bumble bee colonies to see up-close, coloring for the kids, educational materials for the adults, and best of all, the chance to make your own mason bee nest using materials you probably already have at home. You might even be able to go home with a free pollinator-friendly plant! For more information, contact email@example.com, or visit www.pollinationguelph.ca.