Pollinator Week 2013 Inspires a New Generation to S.H.A.R.E. and BeeSmart™
Across the globe people are celebrating Pollinator Week on June 17-23, 2013. Established in 2007, Pollinator Week has grown exponentially in scope each year, drawing the support and endorsement of governors, mayors and other respected elected officials across the United States. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signed this year’s proclamation to kick off the celebration.
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. Pollinator Week efforts are working to reverse and prevent declines. Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director of the Pollinator Partnership (P2), said, “We applaud and support everyone participating in Pollinator Week 2013. Their efforts big and small make positive changes happen for pollinators, the environment, our food supply and our ecosystems.”
There are Multiple Ways to Be a Part of the Movement:
Cool New Poster
For 2013, Pollinator Week showcases the brand new pollinator poster The Wonder of Discovery – Pollinators All Around. This 2013 poster debuts pollinator scenes artist- Carolyn Vibbert. Vibbert’s approach to The Wonder of Discover poster includes a bold, simple color palette and scenes full of action. “This is the first pollinator poster we have done that includes a vital player in the world of pollinators- people!” explains P2’s Communication Manager, Sunny Boyd. The poster will be available at www.pollinator.org/posters.htm in time Pollinator Week events!
BeeSmart™ School Garden Kits
In 2013 Pollinator Week aspires the younger generation by helping them get outside to observe, plant, conserve and celebrate pollinators while learning. The BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit is designed for students in grades 3-6 to guide them through a discovery process that connects them to plants, pollinators, food and gardens. Each Kit contains lesson plans, materials for activities, worksheets, pre- and post-tests, and much more!
S.H.A.R.E. – Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment
Join the Pollinator Partnership and be a part of our goal to create a million S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment) sites from window boxes to acres of farm land, all registered and mapped. Your landscape and efforts for pollinators make a difference and through the S.H.A.R.E. program, we spotlight these efforts on a map. Let us know what you’re doing by registering your pollinator habitat today! Every human andevery interface can “Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment.”
ABOUT POLLINATOR WEEK
manages Pollinator Week each year. Pollinator Week activities take place all around the globe, this year on June 17-23, 2013. It is the annual pollinator-awareness campaign that celebrates and promotes the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and all other pollinating animals. Six years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. The United States Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year! The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.
ABOUT POLLINATOR PARTNERSHIP
Established in 1997, the Pollinator Partnership 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_2013.htm or simply visit www.pollinator.org to donate!
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