The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 24-30, 2007 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Senate (S.Res. 580) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Below are some resources (additional pollinator resources can be found here), as well as a listing of Pollinator Week events that took place across the country. Many of our NAPPC Partners hosted Pollinator Week events in their local areas.
Pollinator Week Art
Pollinator stamp art jpg: "Pollination" - Block of 4 (Wildflowers Center)
Pollinator stamp art jpg: "Pollination" - Block of 4 (Pollinators Center)
Guidelines for downloading stamp art
The U.S. Postal Service issued the new Pollination stamp series on Friday, June 29th. The Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns spoke at the NAPPC celebration ceremony and the release of the new U.S. Stamp in Washington D.C. The transcipt can be found here.
The stamps were also recently featured in the Summer 2007 issue of the USA Philatelic magazine. Look for these beautiful new stamps in a post office near you! Or, you can puchase them online here.
Renowned artist Stan Herd created a one-acre crop art version of the dogface butterfly U.S. Postal Service stamp, one of four in the series. Read the press release, and click here for more information and to learn how you can support this effort!
Pre-Pollinator Week Event: Alaska Dandelion Festival
The Alaska Dandelion Festival was held at the Seward High School, June 1-3. The theme was celebrating the bounty and diversity of nature, and it included a talk about organic and sustainable bee-keeping. There were vendors, food, music, speakers and activities. There was also wildlife and bird watching tours. For more information, contact Marie Wagner at 623-703-4453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) in Tucson held a week-long Pollinator Week celebration and featured the new U.S. Postal Service pollinator stamp the evening of Saturday, June 30th during its Saturday Summer Evenings program.The Tucson Food Bank shared information about pollinators and the food we eat. ASDM Research Associate Stephen Buchmann gave three presentations on bees and other Sonoran Desert Pollinators. The latter event was called "Celebrating Pollination Night." For further information, please visit http://www.desertmuseum.org/visit/events_saturday.php.
Tohono Chul Park, in conjunction with the Postal History Foundation, hosted the unveiling of the USPS Pollinator Stamps on Friday, June 29, in the Education Center. For more information, please visit http://www.tohonochulpark.org/Pollinator.html
KUAT Channel 6 (University of Arizona public broadcasting station) aired a special television program on bees, other pollinators, and the NAS NRC study, Status of Pollinators in North America. Additional material will be available on their website, www.kuat.org.
Tucson Botanical Gardens held a public event in their pollinator garden during Pollinator Week.
By proclamation, Arizona's Governor Janet Napolitano declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Arizona, signed May 14, 2007.
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, AR, the Fayetteville in Bloom Committee, and the Washington County Master Gardeners hosted several Pollinator Week events. For more information about the events, please contact Cindi Cope (479-521-0934 or email@example.com) or Liz Esch (479-750-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
By proclamation, Fayetteville's Mayor Dan Coody declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
On June 23, "Adopt a Caterpillar" allowed volunteers to adopt black swallowtail and monarch caterpillars. Volunteers explained metamorphosis and volunteer papers included instructions. The event took place on the Fayetteville Arkansas Square and Farmers' Market.
On June 26, pollinator presentations took place at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Harry Harnish of Devil's Den State Park will presented a program on bats. Dr. Steinkraus, U.A. Entomology Professor, presented a program on bees and other pollinators.
On June 28, two more presentations took place at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Paige and Mary Bess Mulholland presented "Calling All Birds," and Joyce Mendenhall and Gail Pianalto presented "Host and Nectar Sources for Butterflies."
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a letter extending his greetings and best wishes for all those observing National Pollinator Week in California. He wrote, "Pollination plays a vital role in the health of our ecosystem and food supply. Without the moving of pollen by species such as birds and insects, thousands of plants grown for foods and medicines would not exist. I thank all those who increase awareness about pollinators for they are helping to protect our environment and quality of life." Click here to view Governor Schwartzenegger's letter.
The Rooftop Alternative Elementary School in San Francisco held a Pollinator Garden Opening celebration on Wednesday, June 27th. Pollinator-related snacks, drinks, and games were provided. Please contact Gregory Kellett for more information (email@example.com or 415-260-2428).
David Inouye was featured on the Sunday, June 24 episode of Nature Notes (4:30 p.m.) on KBUT radio (Crested Butte), talking about conservation of pollinator species.
The Denver Botanic Garden has added an interactive coloring book featuring native plants and pollinators to their website. Click here to see the Celebrating Wildflowers coloring book.
Pollinator gardens were officially opened in early June in Newark, at the Newark Center for Creative Learning (NCCL) and in Dover, at the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). Events were planned in both gardens for Pollinator Week. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Faith.Kuehn@state.de.us for more information.
There was an EPA-IR-4 crop tour on June 27th. The tour included stops at pollinator-dependent farms and other interesting, educational sites. For more information contact Mary Clock-Rust (703-308-2718 or email@example.com) or Barbara Madden (firstname.lastname@example.org, or for a draft itinerary of the event, click here.
Left to right: Warren Seaver, President: Delaware Beekeepers Association; Dewey Caron, Professor and Extension Entomologist, University of Delaware; Faith Kuehn, Plant Industries Administrator; Robert Mitchell, State Apiarist; Robert Tulloch, Secretary: Eastern Apicultural Society.
District of Columbia: Washington
Monday, June 25
~The National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (National C-FAR) Hill Seminar featured Dr. May Berenbaum, internationally recognized entomologist, speaking on the pollinator-agriculture connection.
Dr. May Berenbaum, Joe Layton, National C-FAR President, and Laurie Adams, Executive Director of the Coevolution Institute
May Berenbaum speaking at the C-FAR Briefing
Tuesday, June 26
The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, led by Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, held an oversight hearing addressing "The Birds and the Bees: How Pollinators Help Maintain Healthy Ecosystems." The hearing was webcasted live on the Committee's web site at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov.For more information, please click here.
Dr. May Berenbaum (Head of Dept. of Entomology, University of Illinois), Dr. Mamie Parker (Asst. Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation), Dr. Tom Lovejoy (president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment), Dan Weaver (President of Weaver Apiaries), and Wayne Wehling (Entomologist with the USDA)
Congressmember Alcee Hastings and Congressmember Earl Blumenauer
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) hosted a seminar by Dr. Mark Kraemer of Virginia State University on the Blue Orchard Bee. For more information, please contact Jennifer Martin (202-720-8188).
Wednesday, June 27
A reception featuring Dr. E.O. Wilson was held at the USDA Whitten Patio.
A lecture with a question and answer session with Dr. Wilson took place at the Kaiser Family Foundation Public Affairs Center.
Thursday, June 28
An unveiling of the new Pollinator Exhibit at the U.S. Forest Service Visitors' Center featured the Forest Service Chief, Gail Kimbell. The Visitors' Center was opened to the public immediately following the unveiling.
Laurie Adams, Executive Director of the Coevolution Institute, and Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell
Ms. Adams and Chief Kimbell viewing the new Pollinator exhibit
A reception for the American Public Garden Association sponsored by the U.S. Botanic Garden, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service took place at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Friday, June 29
The U.S. Postal Service held a 1st Day of Issue Ceremony for the new Pollination Stamp Series. The event featured U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.
Group with new Pollination stamps
Whitten Patio at the USDA
Whitten Patio at the USDA
Deputy Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe
Paul Growald, Chairman of the Coevolution Institute
Laurie Adams, Executive Director of the Coevolution Institute
The National Audubon Society hosted pollinator events this week.
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee hosted a day-long event on Tuesday, June 26th to celebrate Pollinator Week. The celebration featured indoor and outdoor activities including a living bee hive, a display of beekeeping tools, lectures, and hands-on activities for children as well as adults. To attract media attention about threats to honey bee colonies and the importance of all pollinators in agriculture, a press conference was held for local, regional, and state media.
The living bee hive at the Mary Brogan Museum.
Representatives from Senator Bill Nelson’s office and Representative Alan Boyd’s office were on hand to let everyone know that these two legislators are behind the effort to ensure that we have healthy pollinator populations in the future. Lawrence Cutts and DACS apiary inspectors David Barnes and Todd Jameson were available to talk about bees to the many people visiting the museum.
BeeCeuticals Organics hosted a Community Bee-In on Sunday, June 24th at the Anne Kolb Nature Center. BeeCeuticals Organics launched its Trees for Bees program by planting 10,000 pollinator-friendly trees. The free, family-friendly event featured educational programs for children and adults, live music, a cooking demonstration, Pollinator Adventure Hikes, free refreshments, and more. For more information, please contact the Anne Kolb Nature Center at (954) 926-2480 or BeeCeuticals at (954) 467-BEES, or visit www.healthfromthehive.com.
By proclamation Georgia's Governor Sonny Perdue declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Georgia, signed June 26, 2007.
Monarchs Across Georgia offers Pollinator Garden Certification to applicants across the U.S. who are interested in making their schoolyard, backyard, workplace, or community a habitat suitable for pollinators. The application is available in Word or pdf format. For more information, please contact Susan Meyers at 770-925-0672 or email@example.com.
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, IL invited children ages 7-11 years old (along with a parent or guardian) to join a Midewin interpreter for a two-hour program of nature study and exploration. Children learned about the importance of pollinators and participated in the planting of a pollinator garden at Midewin's Welcome Center. For more information, contact Pat Thrasher at 815-423-6370.
Students from the Science and Technology Summer Camp at El Valor Guadalupe Reyes Children and Family Center in Chicago tend their pollinator garden throughout the summer. On June 28, staff from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie discussed the role of pollinators and the importance of planting native plants in backyards, how to do this, etc.
Middle school students at El Valor's Urban Academy for Environmental Discovery planted the pollinator garden in April and May of 2007, with the goal of having the garden certified as a Monarch Waystation. El Valor is a community center in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with the majority of the population originating in Mexico. The monarch is a strong symbol in the community as immigrants tend to follow the same path as the monarch butterfly when traveling from Mexico to Chicago.
By proclamation, Indiana's Governor Mitchell Daniels, Jr. declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Indiana, signed February 26, 2007.
By proclamation, Iowa's Governor Chester Culver declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Iowa, signed February 20, 2007.
The 9th International Pollination Symposium Plant-Pollinator Relationships - Diversity in Action was held on the Iowa State University campus June 24-28, 2007.
The Grinnell College Center for Prairie Studies hosted "Poweshiek Skipper Day" -- presentations, exhibits, and outdoor activities for National Pollinator Week. There was also a training session for volunteers interested in surveying butterflies in the Grinnell area. The event ended with a butterfly walk at a nearby prairie remnant. For more information, please visit http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/cps/ or contact Larissa Mottl (641-269-4717 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Renowned artist Stan Herd created a one-acre crop art version of the dogface butterfly U.S. Postal Service stamp, one of four in the "Pollination" series designed for Pollinator Week. Stan Herd's creations have been featured in numerous national publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Wall Street Journal. Read the press release, and click here for more information and to learn how you can support this effort!
By proclamation, Kentucky's Governor Ernie Fletcher declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Kentucky, signed June 7, 2007.
By proclamation, Louisiana's Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Louisiana, signed March 15, 2007.
By proclamation, Maine's Governor John Baldacci declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Maine, signed January 24, 2007.
USDA Beltsville Bee Laboratory held an Open House.
The Maryland Cooperative Extension Service held an outdoor event in celebration of Pollinator Week entitled "Our World Survives because of Pollinators."
The event took place at the Salisbury Zoo in Salisbury, MD on June 30th. For more information, please contact Ginny Rosenkrantz (410-749-6141, email@example.com) or Michael Embrey (410-827-8056, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Celebrate Pollinator Week at Woodlawn! The Wildlife Habitat Council held a workshop and outdoor activities on Saturday, June 30th at the New Beginnings Woodlawn Wildlife Area in Cecil County, Maryland. There were activities for the whole family. For more information click here, or contact Jeff Popp at 301-588-8994.
There was an EPA-IR-4 crop tour on June 27th.
The tour included stops at pollinator-dependent farms and other interesting, educational sites. For more information, please contact Mary Clock-Rust (703-308-2718 or email@example.com) or Barbara Madden (firstname.lastname@example.org), or for a draft itinerary of the event, click here.
Friends of Sligo Creek held a Pollinator Exploration and Outing in Sligo Creek on Saturday, June 30, at Hillwood Manor in Silver Spring, MD. For more information, please visit www.fosc.org or contact Rhonda Kranz (301-270-0247 or email@example.com)
The Wildlife Habitat Council hosted "Pollinators, Plants, and People," a lecture and hands-on learning activity for residents of Riderwood Village in Montgomery County, MD, on June 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This event was held to announce (and build interest for) National Pollinator Week. For more information, please visit www.wildlifehc.org/corporatelands/index.cfm for WHCouncil and http://www.ericksoncommunities.com/rwv/ for Riderwood, or contact WHC (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-588-8994)
The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge hosted a workshop/lecture to celebrate native pollinators and to learn the latest pollinator information on Thursday, June 21. The event hosts encouraged everyone to participate including gardeners, landowners, and anyone interested in food. For more information, please visit www.greatfallsma.org or contact Sue Cloutier (413-863-3221 or email@example.com).
By proclamation, Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm declared June 24-30, 2007 Pollinator Week in the State of Michigan, signed February, 2007.
A living "Pollinator Exhibit" was unveiled on the grounds of the Sherburne County History Center. Following a short program on the importance of pollinators, the local Postmaster, with a specially designed cancellation stamp, cancelled the new "Crops of the Americas" stamps for those attending.
Contact Bill Bronder or Gina Hugo with questions and please call 763-241-1170 ext. 3 to RSVP. Click here to see the invitation.
"Look who we found wandering the halls!" Louise, Mary, Gina and Bill at the Sherburne County History Center National Pollinator Week Event.
Recently planted pollinator garden with a bee box in the background.
A bounty of pollinator refreshments, including local berries, green iced tea, rain forest alliance certified coffee, lemonade, honeystraws, almonds, and vanilla and chocolate cake!
The pollinator refreshments were donated by local fruit and vegetable growers, included strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, almonds, honey, and more.
The flowers were picked from our pollinator garden at the office.
The specially designed USPS cancellation stamp used for the event.
The interpretive panel explaining the importance of pollinators and pollination.
Unveiling the panel.
The Rio Grande Biologic Garden hosted Pollinator Week events Monday, June 25-Saturday, June 30, 10am-2pm. Attendees took part in workshops, visited discovery stations, and attended mini-talks about how to create homes for pollinators in their backyard.
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation launched "Bee Watchers: The Great Pollinator Project" during National Pollinator Week. Utilizing citizen-scientists, a citywide survey of bee pollinators and their pollination services was launched with orientation sessions in each of the five boroughs of NYC. The survey took place at Nature Centers and in participants' backyards citywide. For more information, please contact Edward Toth of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center (firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 370-9044).
"Pollinator Day -- The Impact of the Individual," was held Saturday, June 16 at the Tassee Picnic Shelter, Little Tennessee River Greenway, Franklin, NC. Activities included public education exhibits, outdoor activities, lectures, and hands-on projects. For more information, visit www.ncbartramtrail.org or contact Ina Warren of the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society Education Team.
A honey bee demonstration was held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC during National Pollinator Week. For more information, please contact Daniel Markham (585-820-0191 or email@example.com)
During Pollinator Week, the Biodiversity Alliance hosted a Summer Science Institute focusing on butterfly diversity and invasive plants. Participating teachers visited the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Ohio State Beekeepers Association members were at 51 of 88 county seat post offices in Ohio on June 29th, the day that the new Pollination stamps were released. All coordinators were informed to speak on pollination and had informational hand-outs for the public. Stamp unveiling ceremonies took place in Wooster, Medina, and Reynoldsburg. The Reynoldsburg unveiling took place at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Headquarters Building and featured the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Robert Boggs. For more information, contact Ron Hoopes at 740-342-1379 or visit www.osba.us.
Pollinator Day at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, OH took place on June 26th and featured guided walking tours through perennial gardens with plant and pollinator experts and enthusiasts, and pollinated refreshments. For more information, click here or contact Roger Downer at 330-263-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in Wooster during National Pollinator Week was an annotated display of animal-assisted pollinated foods at Buehlers Fresh Food Market, Wooster Milltown (3540 Burbank Road). For more information call the market at 330-345-5908.
Pollinator Day at the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden took place on June 28th in Columbus and featured guided walking tours through the gardens with plant and pollinator experts and enthusiasts, and pollinated refreshments. For more information, click here or contact Roger Downer at 330-263-3931 or email@example.com.
The University of Akron Field Station held a National Pollinator Week Kick-Off Bug Walk on Saturday, June 23rd at 9 a.m. The Bug Walk took place at the Bath Nature Preserve in Bath, Ohio. For more information, please visit http://www3.uakron.edu/biology/fieldstation/ or contact Randy Mitchell (330-972-5122 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department held a lecture entitled "Insect Pollinators: What's In It For Me" on June 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The event took place at the North Mountain Park Nature Center (620 N. MT Ave., Ashland, Oregon 97520). For more information, visit www.ashland.or.us/northmountainpark please contact Linda Chesney (541-488-6606 or email@example.com).
The Churchville Nature Center held a lecture by Beatriz Moisset, an authority on the local pollinators of the area on June 24. For more information, visit www.ChurchvilleNatureCenter.org or call 215-357-4005.
Fidelity Investments' Wildlife at Work Team conducted an Educational Awareness Campaign during National Pollinator Week for Fidelity employees. The campaign featured educational handouts, a pollinator quiz with the chance to win prizes, and information on pollinator-friendly practices for businesses and homes. Employees could stop by the Wildlife at Work table in the cafeteria to learn more about the importance of pollinators to society and the economy. For more information, contact Robin Smith at 401-292-5675.
The events were a sucess: 2100 associates received a mailbox flier featuring the National Pollinator Week website with educational information. 120 associates purchased a pollinator friendly lunch. Extra materials were assembled to make a teacher education kit on the topic of pollinators to be donated to local schools, libraries, and Audubon's educational center.
The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia hosted an event on Sunday, June 24th to kick off Pollinator Week. Activities included a presentation about the natural history of bee pollination and tips to attract pollinators, a workshop on building houses for bees, a meadow restoration project during the week, and other activities including a lecture on hummingbirds and information about butterfly and moth gardens. E-mail Kevin Monroe for more information or call him at 703-256-6895.
The Long Branch Nature Center also conducted a free Gardening for Pollinators class that same day, June 24.
The Wheeling Post Office and the Oglebay Park Zoo held an unveiling of the new U.S. Postal Service Pollination stamp series at the Zoo. For more information, please contact Wheeling Postmaster Debra Valentino (304-232-4271 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pre-Pollinator Week Event
Since school is out during National Pollinator Week, Oregon Trail Elementary School and the Bureau of Land Management celebrated on May 25th by planting three butterfly gardens at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. Forty fifth-graders participated in the event, which was part of BLM's "Hands on the Land" program, a nationwide effort to partner federal agencies with schools and get kids outside for environmental education.
The Universum Museum, the science museum of the National University in Mexico City, offered a series of conferences open to the public focusing on the importance of pollinators in conserving Mexican resources.