In celebration of Pollinator Week on June 17-23, 2013, the Pollinator Partnership (P2) is asking everyone to join the S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment) program. Be a part of our goal to create 1 million S.H.A.R.E. habitat sites in 3 years. The sites range from window boxes to acres of farm land. We spotlight these efforts on an interactive map.
The goal of the S.H.A.R.E. program is to increase the number of pollinators in your area by making conscious choices to include plants that provide essential habitat for bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. S.H.A.R.E. does not compete with any certification program, but rather provides organizations and individuals a way to connect together specifically for pollinator habitat. The registration provides a way to get more people working to put in pollinator habitat and connect the dots on the map for pollinator floral resources. Together, we are changing the North American landscape! It’s easy to get involved - let us know what you’re doing by registering your pollinator habitat today by visiting here.
**Here is a great example of a registered P2 S.H.A.R.E. habitat**
At each of the sites Dr. Wojcik meets with farmers and ranchers and receives an account of their experience with the CRP program and the pollinator seeding. Each participant wants to know how well the bees are doing on their CRP plot. Since planting these mixes the land owners have seen additional wildlife such as quail, pheasants, deer, and even skunks and badgers.
About pollinators: Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating nearly one-third of every bite of food we eat and 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. Some species have seen a 90% decline in their populations over the last decade.
The picture to the right is a CRP Field next to a wheat field in Washington.