A Pollinator Week Plea - Helping Bees is Everyone’s Job
It’s Easy; Just S.H.A.R.E.!Did you know that pollinators are responsible for pollinating nearly one-third of every bite of food we eat, or that the global value of crops pollinated by bees is estimated to be nearly $217 billion? These invaluable creatures are facing troubling declines in the U.S. The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to pollinator issues, supporting bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and more; and P2’s efforts are working to reverse and prevent declines.
Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment
P2 advocates the S.H.A.R.E. approach to helping pollinators and the planet. Every landscape can Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment – S.H.A.R.E. When you plant for pollinators, everyone benefits: plants, pollinators, and people.
As P2’s Executive Director, Laurie Davies Adams, explains, “Each of us lives in a habitat; and we have the opportunity, in fact, the responsibility, to nurture and promote healthy habitat. By sharing a bit of lawn, a school yard, a farm border, an office landscape or a roadside with blooming pollinator-friendly plants, we create a connection that supports healthy ecosystems and a sustainable future. All of our actions join to build something invaluable to the very plants and pollinators that feed us.”
Gardeners, land managers, farmers, individuals, corporations, schools, roadside landscapers, even golf course managers - everyone with a window box or acres of land - are getting involved. Learn more about S.H.A.R.E. by visiting www.pollinator.org/SHARE.htm.
And P2 has free and simple tools to help everyone S.H.A.R.E.
S.H.A.R.E. is being launched during the 6th Annual Pollinator Week, an international celebration of the invaluable ecosystem services provided by pollinators. The week of June 18-24th will spotlight some fascinating and fundamental animals – the pollinators. This year, Pollinator Week is recognized by official proclamations by both Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar. This recognition of the agricultural and ecological roles of pollinators is coupled with proclamations by over 30 state governors. One significant Pollinator Week event takes place on Monday, June 18 with a special U.S. Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C., featuring the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus and USDA ARS Research Leader, Dr. Jeff Pettis and Jeff Underwood, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation. Over 100 events are taking place across the country and the continent – see what is happening near you at http://pollinator.org/npw_events.htm.
P2 Canada (P2C)
ABOUT POLLINATOR WEEK - Organized and managed by the Pollinator Partnership (P2), Pollinator Week is a project of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (www.nappc.org). Established in 1997, P2 is the largest 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the health, protection, and conservation of all pollinating animals. For further information on events taking place during Pollinator Week and to download free materials to create your own event, visit www.pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2012.htm or simply visit www.pollinator.org to donate!