The second annual National Pollinator Week was a major Success! Over 30 state Governors delcared Pollinator Week in their state. We can't wait to hear about what you're planning for June 22-28, 2009! Please E-mail with any pictures or stories about how you celebrated Pollinator Week this year. Look for updates below!

Click here to learn more about National Pollinator Week 2007.

Publicize your local Pollinator Week Event- Contact local media at least two weeks ahead of time or by deadline. Click here for a "sample" news release that you can localize.


Pollinator Week Handouts

Ecoregional Guides
For Everyone
For Public Land Managers
For Gardeners
For Farmers and Ranchers
For Teachers and Students (4th-6th grades)
For the Food Industry
Primer on Pollination and Pollinators
Pollinator Friendly Meal Ideas

2008 Pollinator Week Events by U.S. Region

Click on a state to see a list of pollinator week events in that state

By proclamation, Alabama's Governor Bob Riley has declared the 22-28 of June Pollinator Week in the state of Alabama, signed June 3, 2008.

The Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District will offer the 10th Annual Teacher Workshop, June 9-13, in preparation for National Pollinator Week. It's a 40-hour workshop, free to teachers, to educate them on environmental issues and take them to various kinds of farms and let them talk with the farmers. Subjects include modern farming technology; the actual cost of farming; risks involved and the immense cost of farm machinery, and fertilizers and chemicals. Participants visit Mullins Bee farm, a hydroponics farm, a cattle operation and various crop fields. Click here to view a flyer and click here to view the agenda.


By proclamation, Alaska's governer Sarah Palin has declared June 22-28th Pollinator Week in the state of Alaska


The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wants to host a lecture in their new theater complex as part of their Saturday Summer Evenings program during National Pollinator Week. Also, the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute will host a lecture/workshop as part of their Community Days outreach program.

By proclamation, Arizona's Governor Janet Napolitano has declared the 22-28 of June Pollinator Week in the state of Arizona, signed May 20, 2008.

By proclamation, Arkansas's Governor Mike Beebe has declared the 22-28 of June Pollinator Week in the state of Arkansas, signed May 23, 2008.

The Annual Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival will take place at Mount Magazine State Park, June 20-21, 2008. To truly understand and apreciate butterflies, immerse yourself in their natural habitat at Mount Magazine State Park. Activities offered to help everyone enjoy butterflies more such as basic identification, photography, and gardening.  Children of all ages will enjoy the popular Bug Bonanza, which includes live insects, make and take crafts, and games such as "pollinator bingo." Don't miss the special concert Saturday night that closes out this natural festival!  This festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Lori Spencer (

(Above) Scenes from the Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival

Sutterville Elementary School in Sacramento will hold a freehands-on fair and fundraiser to support CCD research and stormwater pollution prevention and education on May 10 from 10:00 to 4:30 p.m. Hosted by Mr. Carnie's class, activities will include face painting, bee art, games, songs, cooking, bees wax candles, and Mr. Carnie's class will perform their original honey bee song. The event will held at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Elk Grove, CA. For a list of other pollinator friendly activities, visit For more information, visit the website at or the blog at Click here to watch Mr. Carnie's class's music video. Click here to read the February 28 article in the Sacramento Bee.

San Francisco
San Francisco State University is organizing the Great Sunflower Project this spring and summer. This citizen science project is designed to get regional and even continental data on pollinators.  Each participant will be sent sunflower seeds to grow in their own garden.  During Pollinator Week, everyone will watch their sunflower and record how long it takes for five bees to visit.   The data collected by all the people participating will give us the first map of how pollinators are really doing across the United States and will allow us discover the areas where we need to start helping pollinators.  For more information, visit or contact Gretchen LeBuhn at

By proclamation, California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of California.

By proclamation, Colorado's Governor Bill Ritter declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Colorado.

Crested Butte
KBUT Radio in Crested Butte, CO will host an interview with Dr. David Inouye regarding the effects of climate change on plants and pollinators on Sunday, June 22 at 4:30 p.m.

The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, CO will kick off its summer theme, "Pollination Nation," on June 20th. Hands-on exhibits, special classes and garden tours will highlight the importance of pollinators and their habitats. For more information, contact

On Sunday, June 22 from 10 am to 1 pm, the Ashford Farmers Market will celebrate National Pollinator Week. The Market will highlight beekeeper Rich Deszo and the work he does with honeybees, one of our most important pollinators. Rich will bring an observation hive for viewing as well as sell fresh honey at his booth.

By proclamation, the Governor of Connecticut M. Jodi Rell declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Connecticut.

By proclamation, Delaware's Governor Ruth Ann Minner declared June 23-29, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Delaware.

In celebration of Nat'l Pollinator Week the Delaware Dept. of Agriculture will host a day of activities on June 26 from 10:30- 1:30 pm. Events include a pollinator garden tour & dedication ceremony from, a lecture from on "Bee, Flowers & Butterflies" which included a honey tasting! and lab tours. All events held at the Delaware Dept. of Agriculture, 2320 S. DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901. For more information contact Faith Kuehn at (302) 698-4587.

(Top) Secretary Michael Scuse cutting the ribbon on DDA pollinator garden
(Above) Monarch butterfly release

District of Columbia, Washington
The U.S. Botanic Garden will host a Family Day focusing on pollination and sustainability on June 21, the Saturday before National Pollinator Week. For more information, please contact Katie Palm, Education Specialist at the USBG, at or 202-226-8038.

The Indian Craft Shop, located inside the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, will feature art depiciting pollinators created by American Indian artists from across the country. 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 woven strawberry basket from the Barnes family. 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 23 – 27. For more information contact Susan Pourian at

You're Invited to Let's Lick This Problem! Join the Pollinator Partnership for a critical bee and pollinator status update. We'll share the latest research on CCD and have treats from Häagen-Dazs® and Burt's Bees®. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, from 3-5 PM at 1300 Longworth House Office Building House Agriculture Committee Hearing Room. RSVP to

Look at more pictures from the event Here

Devon M. Rothschild held a pollinator-themed playgroup for her 1 year-old and his friends during National Pollinator Week.  Activities included a buffet featuring food brought to us courtesy of pollinators, pollinator-themed coloring books that I made, and a look around my garden in search of pollinators. Rothschild reported that every parent made at least one comment about how they were unaware that certain foods featured in the buffet required pollinators in some way, or said they learned something from the facts in the coloring book.

Naples Zoo will be holding pollinator awareness events all week long, including a Tropical Plant Tour. As part of the tour, guests will explore the Zoo’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat, a model garden that provides food and other benefits to pollinators. Click Here for more info. Visit

Pictures from Naples Zoo pollinator event

By proclamation, Florida's Governor Charlie Crist declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Florida, signed February 20, 2008.

Birdsong Nature Center (click for more info.) will host "Passion for Pollinators" on June 28th from 10am-2pm. Come explore the world of pollinators with Naturalist Chris Bittle and Tasha Weinstein, Coordinator of Educational Outreach at WFSU. Activities will include games, crafts, picnic and a tour of the butterfly garden. Birdsong Nature Center is located at 206 Meridian Rd. Thomasville, GA 31792

By proclamation, Georgia's Governor Sonny Perdue declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Georgia, signed March 12, 2008.

Stone Mountain
Join Stone Mountain Park for hikes and crafts to help you learn more about the importance of pollinators! Look here to see a schedule of activites. Visit to learn more.

By proclamation, Illinois's Governor Rod Blagojevich declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Illinois, signed April 4, 2008.

The Champaign Urbana Pollinator Awareness Network (CUPAN) has planned a celebration of National Pollinator Week from June 22nd -28th. Activities will kick off with an opening ceremony on Sunday, June 22, from 2-5pm, at the Plant Biology Conservatory on the University of Illinois campus, and will feature a pollinator art exhibit, pollinator-themed tours of the conservatory and information on how local organizations are working to conserve pollinators in our community. More information about Champaign-Urbana's National Pollinator Week effort is at Contact if your organization is interested in participating.

By proclamation, Moscow's Mayor Nancy Chaney declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the city of Moscow, in the State of Idaho, signed June 16, 2008.

By proclamation, Iowa's Governor Chester Culver declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Iowa, signed February 11, 2008.

By proclamation, Kansas's Governor Kathleen Sebelius declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Kansas, June 12, 2008.

By proclamation, Kentucky's Governor Steven L. Beshear declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Kentucky, signed June 4, 2008.

By proclamation, Lousiana's Governor Bobby Jindal declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Lousiana.

On Friday, June 27th, Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park will celebrate National Pollinator Week with a day of fun activities for the whole family. Join us for one program, or come out for the day. Bring a picnic lunch, explore the park, and experience the beauty and awe of Northwest Louisiana’s plants, bees, and butterflies. Schedule of Activities

  • 8:25 am – 10:45 am Native Plant Walk
  • 11:05 am – 11:20 am Pollination Relay Game
  • 11:30 am – 11:50 am Pollen Lab
  • 11:50 am – 1:15 pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm A Bee’s Life Game
  • 1:40 pm – 1:50 pm Beeswax Candle Craft + Honey
  • 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm Butterflies of the Forest Slide Presentation
  • 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Butterflies of the Forest Walk

Admission is free. For more information, contact park naturalist Rachel Demascal by phone at 318-929-2806 or via email at

Avena Botanicals’ Apothecary and Herb Garden, located at 219 Mill St., off Rt. 90 in Rockport,ME is pleased to announce the dates for their FREE summer herb walks led by owner, gardener, educator and herbalist, Deb Soule. These popular garden walks are a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday afternoon in the midcoast area. The apothecary store will also be open. The next herb walk will be Wednesday June 25. Future walks: 3:30pm on Wednesdays: July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 13. For more information visit or call toll-free 866-282-8362.

By proclamation, Maine's Governor John Baldacci declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Maine.

The USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratry will host an Open House on Friday, June 27th from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. It will provide an opportunity for beekeepers and the public to see first-hand the research that takes place in Beltsville. Demonstration of molecular diagnosis of bee diseases and field demonstrations of bee colony management including queen rearing and artificial insemination. Please contact Bart Smith for more information (301-504-8821). Click here for a schedule of events.


Join the USDA-NRCS-National Plant Materials Center on Thursday June 26 from 9:00 am to noon for a Pollinator Field Day.  Events for the day will include speakers, a field tour, and exhibits.  Events will focus on the importance of plant diversity to provide habitat for the pollinators which are critical to agriculture. Click here for more information, directions, and registration.

Cecil County
The Wildlife Habitat Council will celebrate Pollinator Week at New Beginnings: The Woodlawn Wildlife Area on Saturday, June 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free, and activities will include pollinated produce sampling, a pollinator hike, and crafts and workshops designed around pollinators. For directions, please visit, and for more information, contact Jeff Popp ( or 301-588-8994).

By proclamation, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley declared June 22-28th Pollinator Week in the state of Maryland, signed June 22, 2008.

By proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick declared June 22 -28th Pollinator Week in the state of Massachusetts, signed May, 21 2008.

Ann Arbor
Buhr Park annouces Pollinator Day on June 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Kids of all ages and their parents are welcome to join us to help make the wet meadow more welcoming to pollinators. We’ll build nest boxes from the hollow stems of native plants, and install nest boxes. We’ll talk about the importance of pollinators for the serviceberries, raspberries and elderberries growing nearby. We'll also discuss how kids can be safe around bees. 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, see our web site or phone Mark at 734-478-1333.

By proclamation, Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Michigan.

By proclamation, Minnesota's Governor Tim Pawlenty declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Minnesota, signed March 26, 2008.

The Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center will be having their annual Wildflower Tour on Wednesday, 25 June 2008. We provide a tour of the PMC with leaders talking and providing historical and current information about the PMC Program and the PMC itself.  The tour typically includes 3 - 4 stops with speakers.  This years tour will include Dr. Sherry Surrette, with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

By proclamation, Mississippi's Governor Haley Barbour declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator week in the State of Mississippi, signed May 19, 2008.

By proclamation, Missouri's Governor Matt Blunt declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator week in the state of Missouri, signed May 22, 2008.

New Hampshire
Black Cat Honey and Products in Winchester, NH will have talks on bees and other pollinators as well as tours of their bee yard and obersvation hive on Sunday, June 22 and Saturday, June 28. Free drinks, including iced tea and lemonade made with honey, will be served. For more information, contact

New Mexico
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, NM will celebrate Pollinator Week from June 23-June 28 and will have activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Visit hands-on discovery stations around the Botanic Garden to learn about the amazing bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other creatures that help make your favorite fruits and veggies possible! Go on a pollinator scavenger hunt, create flower and pollinator pairs from recycled materials, and learn how to help these animals in your own yard. For more information, please contact Amy Henderson ( or 505-764-6285).

Santa Fe
Take a look at the plants which are attractive to honeybees, other pollinating bees, butterflies, moths and birds. Tips for creating pollinator-friendly meadows and landscapes with garden designer, Maggie Lee ( on the Saturday, 21st of June at 11 am, Tropic of Capricorn, Old Las Vegas Highway.


New Jersey
The Essex County Environmental Center's Bug Club will be hosting a BugFest on Saturday, June 28th, 2008 at the Essex County Environmental Center. This celebration will include a bee beard and bee bikini to showcase the ultimate in beekeeper high fashion. For more information on the BugFest or the success of our Bug Club (open to children 5-10) please don't hesitate to contact David Alexander.


Various sights from the Essex County Environmental Center's BugFest


The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge 1547 Rte 565 , Sussex, NJ will be hosting a program on Saturday June 28th from 1:00 pm until 3:00pm all about honey bees, native bees and wasps, see specimens, and nests; learn what the differences are and how each serves our environment,  all ages. Program given by  Marie Springer a  Bee keeper who is also participating in the national native bee survey with the USGS, sampling bees in NY, NJ and Pennsylvania. For more information please call Marie Springer 201-660-8880.

Sussex cont.
Sunday June 29th 9:30 am - 11:30 am Ken Witowski, naturalist, leads a butterfly walk on the Wallkill Refuge. Walk the refuge and see the greatest seasonal diversity of butterflies  species  for our Northeastern New Jersey area.

New York
The Wayside Garden Center will have guest speakers and an enclosed outdoor Butterfly Garden, full of butterfly-loving host and nectar trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. A butterfly release is also a tentative plan for the event. For more information, please contact Trish at (585)223-1222 or

The Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, NY will hold a pre-Pollinator Week Pollinator-Friendly Plant Sale on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information on gardening practices that benefit pollinators will be provided. For more information, contact Patty Weisse at 315-673-1350.

Sag Harbour
Morton Wildlife Refuge, 2595 Noyac Rd. will celebrate pollinators on Sat. June 28 from 1-4pm. For more information click here or contact Vittoria Marzot at (631)-725-7598.

Friends of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuges will be holding a program on
Saturday June 28th Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge 9:30  am- 11:00 am on Hoagerburgh Road. All about honey bees, native bees and wasps, see specimens and nests: learn what the differences are and how each serves our environment, all ages. Program given by  Marie Springer a  Bee keeper who is also participating in the national native bee survey with the USGS, sampling bees in NY, NJ and Pennsylvania. For information please call Marie Springer 201-660-8880.

North Carolina
Four Oaks
Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil's Racetrack Road, Four Oaks, NC, is planning a class during 2008 National Pollinator Week titled "What's the Buzz on Native Pollinators?" For more information please contact Katrina McDougald at 919-938-0115.

A celebration of National Pollinator Week will be held in beautiful western North Carolina at the WNC Nature Center on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 7 p.m. The free presentation will cover the wondrous life cycle and the fall migration of the monarch butterfly. Brevard naturalist Ina Warren will present the illustrated talk that will also cover instructions for creating a Monarch Waystation. Two species of wild milkweed seeds will be available for free to participants. Refreshments will be served and the program will be of interest to all ages.  The talk is sponsored by Mountain Wild!  For more information, access:

Additional talks: Saturday, June 28 at 4 p.m. during the popular annual "Bug Day" at the Cradle of Forestry in America Visitor Center. and Tuesday, July 1 at 10 a.m. at The North Carolina Arboretum

Olivia Summerfield gazes at a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar as part of Ina Warren's exhibit at the Cradle of Forestry (photo by Robbie Robertson)

Herb Gardening for Pollinators
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9 AM – 12 PM

Many culinary herbs are important pollinator plants. Growing organic herbs is one of the easiest ways to get started in organic gardening and to help sustain pollinator insects. This class will provide information on cultivating, harvesting and preserving herbs, as well as identifying the types of pollinator insects likely to visit your herb garden. We will even provide you with a host of pollinator-friendly recipes and tips so you can experience the delight of cooking with herbs.

Native bee on cinnamon basil in organic herb garden at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center

The University of Akron Field Station will hold a National Pollinator Week Bug Walk. The Bug Walk is free and will take place at the University of Akron Field Station at the Bath Nature Preserve in Bath, Ohio from 10 am - noon on June 22. For more information, please visit or contact Randy Mitchell (330-972-5122 or

Biodiversity Alliance - a collaborative of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and The Holden Arboretum - will host a Summer Science Institute entitled “Butterflies and Wildflowers” during National Pollinator Week. The week-long workshop is designed to introduce K-8th grade teachers to the diversity of pollinators and wildflowers in our region and to the threats to biodiversity. Each day of the workshop, teachers will travel to a different Alliance institution to meet with educators, as well as horticulture and conservation staff. Also included in the week is a day long hike through a natural area to experience and explore a pristine habitat in northeastern Ohio.
Date: 23-27 June 2008
Time: 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day
Place: Biodiversity Alliance institutions
Contact: Cathi Lehn ( or 216-707-2826)


The Holden Arboretum will be offering daily exploration activities from June 7 through September 1. Specific to pollinator activities, it will have self-guided activities:

The Holden Arboretum is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Admission: Members always enter free; non-members are $6 adult (13 and over); $2 children (6-12); children under 5 are free. Seniors free on Tuesdays. For more information, please contact Peg Weir ( or 440-602-3854)

Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster Ohio will host a landscape walkabout entitled "How to create habitats and plantings for pollinators" on Tuesday June 24th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. As we take a leisurely stroll through the gardens of the Secrest Arboretum we will discuss the importance of pollinators and the things we can do to promote their continued existence in our landscapes. The event is free and open to the public. For general information call (330)263-3761.

The Zoar Community Association extends a personal invitation to you and your friends to visit the gardens and backyards of Zoar Village and attend the “Beyond the Fences of Zoar” Garden Tour and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.The mini-gardening seminar series features Randy Rybarczyk, Beekeeper, speaking on the perennials that attract bees and beekeeping at the historic Zoar Church. The cost of tickets with the luncheon is $30.00 each and without the luncheon is $15.00 each. Ticket sales may be accepted over the phone with a credit card payment at 330-874-2646.

Briar Bush Nature Center of Abington, PA will present a program on Pollinators and Flowers on Wed. June 25 at 7 PM. Beatriz Moisset, a retired biologist that specializes on pollinators will present the topic accompanied by her photography of native pollinators. Free Event.

By proclamation, Governor Edward G. Rendell declared June 22-28th pollinator week in the State of Pennsylvania.

Spring Garden Farm's Garden Center, 1585 Main St, will have a special sale on a multitude of annuals and perennials during Pollinator Week.

Peace Valley Nature Center of Doylestown, PA will present two programs:
1. Pollinators, Sat. June 21, 1-3 PM.
2. The Milkweed Zoo. Sat. June 28, 1-3 PM.

Rhode Island
By proclamation, Rhode Island's Governor Donald L. Carcieri declared June 22-28, 2008 pollinator week in the state of Rhode Island, signed June 22, 2008.

Bonnie Frechette and Holly Dion celebrated pollinator week at the Whole Foods in Providence, RI

South Carolina
By proclamation, South Carolina's Govenor Mark Sanford declared June 22-28, 2008 pollinator weekin the state of South Carolina

A program will be held in Gallatin, TN at Bledsoe Creek State Park office on June 24th at 7 pm. The program will focus on the native plantings for pollinators that surround the office.

By proclamation, Governor Bresden declared June 22-28, 2008 National Pollinator Week in the State of Tennesee.


Texas AgriLife Extension Service to host Pollinator Fest on June 21 from 9am-2pm. The free event will include talks by experts in this scientific field, tour of the gardens, native plants sale, and booths. Sponsored by the Heartwood Chapter, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Contact Diane Foss at 281-456-7029 ext.21 for more info.

By proclamation, Texas's Governor Rick Perry has declared June 22-28, 2008 National Pollinator Week in the State of Texas.

Two Events at the Stowe Free Library: Tuesday, June 24th at 6pm, Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping, as he speaks about Colony Collapse Disorder, the current state of beekeeping, and the important role bees play in providing us with local food. Wednesday, June 25th, 2pm, Carrie Riker from the Lamoille County Nature Center presents "Get the Buzz on Bees." Join us as we learn why bees dance, how bees collect pollen and turn it into honey, and what happens in a beehive.

By proclamation, Vermont's Governor James H. Douglas declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Vermont, signed June 20, 2008.

In celebration of Pollinator Week 2008, Bart Smith will present “Honey Bees: Wings of Agriculture.” He spent 27 years as the State Apiary Inspector of Maryland and now works at the Bee Research Lab in Beltsville. He will discuss beekeeping and will touch on colony collapse disorder. Pre-registration is required and tickets are $12 for members or $15 for non-members. Space is limited, please contact Courtney Capstack at (703) 768-5700 x 118 or to register. River Farm is located at 7931 East Boulevard Drive - Alexandria VA 22308

On Saturday, June 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. Will celebrate the birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other animals that pollinate our plants. This free event will include workshops and exhibits on how to attract bees and other pollinators to the garden. Participants will include the Arlington County Nature Centers, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, and the Arlington Community Wildlife Habitat team (of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment). Free and suitable for all ages. No registration required. More information: 703-228-6535.

By proclamation, Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Virginia.

By proclamation, Washington's Governor Christine Gregoire declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Washington, signed February 11, 2008.

By proclamation, Wisconsin's Governor Jim Doyle declared June 22-28, 2008 Pollinator Week in the State of Wisconsin, signed February 13, 2008.

International Pollinator Week Events

Ottowa, Canada
Jim Dyer of the Pollinator Monitoring Network of Environment Canada will present a free workshop to learn how to identify non-honey bee pollinator insects common to the Ottawa area. A one hour introductory lecture will be followed by field study. Location is Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Saturday June 21, 9:30-12:00. Pre-registration required by June 13. Min. 10 participants, max. 20 (adults or older children). Contact Heather Hamiltonat 613-826-2190 or Sponsored by the Canadian Biodiversity Institute and Ottawa Field Naturalist’s Club.

Toronto, Canada
The InterAccess Media Arts Centre in Toronto, Canada will host a live bumble bee and sound multimedia exhibit in its main gallery from July 4 - 27, 2008.

"Resonating Bodies: Bumble Domicile" is the first phase of artist Sarah Peebles (with Rob King, Rob Cruickshank and Anne Barros). The project features a live bumble bee colony and video camera revealing how flowers look in UV-enriched sunlight  light to bees. Humans cannot see directly observer UV floral patterns. 

This project weaves together a live observation bumble bee hive as well as step-by-step UV tracking of these same bees as they forage upon flowering plants in the communal garden adjacent to *new* Gallery at 906 Queen Street West. These elements are joined by continuous audio transformations of pre-recorded bees and shõ (Japanese mouth organ), aromatic offerings of beeswax and pine resin, and free "Bee Trading Cards" which feature magnified bee images, life facts, and the colour coded DNA barcode of the species of bumble bee inhabiting our hive. For more information visit


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