Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pollinators Week is June 17 – 23

The bees are buzzing, the butterflies are flitting about and the bats are swooping through the skies at dusk. Time to get ready for Pollinators Week, which runs June 17 - 23.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has an entire site dedicated to pollinators, with information on how to plant a pollinator garden; educational materials to use at home or in the classroom; and podcasts and videos on butterfly migration, how to build nesting sites for honeybees and more.

Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit working to protect the health of managed and native pollinating animals, has planting guides for your ecoregion (enter your zip code), which you can download to your smartphone.

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees awards active 4-H members a cash prize for their essay contest. The 2014 contest topic is "Beekeeping in Colonial Times."

Basics on pollination (how it works) and accompanying activities are available on a number of websites, including the Piedmont Environmental Council's Information on Important Crop Pollinators, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the US Forest Service, neoK12 (educational videos) and BrainPOP, to name a few.

If you consider bats a nuisance or are frightened by bees, hopefully the above resources will spur you to celebrate Pollinators Week this year.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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