Oh, that's right, folks: June 18–24 is National Pollinator Week! Why is this such a thrilling moment in the year of the natural world? The incredible world of pollinators awaits discovery...by you!
This varied collection of creatures – mostly insects, but some other cool specimens – are fun to watch and can be found just about anywhere, including your own yard. Other places to take a peek at pollinators? Fields, farms, community gardens, and parks. But, why should we care about pollinators? Pollinators are crucial to the growth of food and the health of the world around us. In celebration of these tiny creatures that make our lives healthier and more interesting, why not pick a sunny day to get outside to identify some of the many species and experience habitats important for their survival. Here's a handy photo guide with five of our favorites.
<< Click on the photo to see a slideshow of our favorite native pollinators.
For more information on pollinators and what you can do to help them, visit the Pollinator Partnership website – or attend one of our pollinator programs in the coming weeks:
Planting for Wildlife | June 21
The Buzz About Native Pollinators | August 18
The Buzz About Native Pollinators | August 25
The Buzz About Native Pollinators | September 15
Want to get out into fields and farms to check out pollinators yourselves? Here are some great sites to do it at: Stevens-Coolidge Place, Long Hill, Appleton Farms, World's End, Powisset Farm, Bird Park, Doyle Community Park, Westport Town Farm, Bartholomew’s Cobble, and Bullitt Reservation.
Published June 2012
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