2013 National Pollinator Week June 17 to 23

argylesock says… Pollinator Week starts today. It was a USian idea but now it’s celebrated in many other countries too. Here in Britain, next week people will celebrate National Insect Week. We have a particular reason to celebrate: the ban on bee-killing neonicotinoids in the European Union. That ban needs to be extended to be permanent and worldwide. Other things need to be done for pollinators, too, starting with a ban on fipronil and moving swiftly to a rise in Integrated Pest Management. You can follow my tags from this post to see more about pollinators. Because if we didn’t have pollinators, we’d have no food.

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Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. 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. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more.

Pollinators are often keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.

  • an estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators.
  • in the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually

Learn more about National Pollinator week…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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