Tuesday, June 20, 2023

It’s National Pollinator Week: Importance of butterflies, bees, and more

Bee on a flower

National Pollinator Week is June 19-23. Pollinator Week is all about spreading awareness for the importance of butterflies, bats, birds, bees, and beetles.

Check out some of the resources below to learn more about protecting pollinators this month and year-round:
Provide a place for pollinators: Watch a video for tips on how to “Green Your Backyard” and support New York’s native pollinators at home: https://youtu.be/HAkeO_8eK4c

Point out pollinator incidents: Beekeepers or passers-by who witness incidents of mass pollinator death or unusual behavior are encouraged to report them: https://on.ny.gov/3qI33CV
“Bee” mindful of pesticide practices: Anyone considering using a pesticide should carefully weigh their options before applying one, whether to avoid using it at all or to choose a less toxic option.
Read and follow the instructions on any pesticide carefully to consider the effect it can have on pollinators.
Read all about native pollinators and pollinator week on DEC’s website: https://on.ny.gov/3CAxSfM
Photo at top by Beth Meer, courtesy of the NYS DEC.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




2 Responses

  1. Charlie Stehlin says:

    There’s nothing I like more to see than a bee in flight,
    to watch it hover as it nears its mark…..
    a blooming flower where it takes-in its sweet delight,
    to watch it fly away with added spark.

  2. Jim M says:

    My mother was so concerned about pollinating her zucchinis that she used to give my brother and I the “flower sticks” to reach inside the flower and pollinate them. Little did we know they were sticks made from Fisher dung and fiberglass. They would cut into our hands and give us the worst infections this side of the mississippi. When they swole up to three times the size of normal hands she merely commented that we were “growing in the right direction”. This is the reason why I love using my prosthetic hands to pollinate the garden flowers in my wonderful Keene garden. – Jim M, Keene Valley, NY

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