Established in 2006 by the U.S. Senate, National Pollinator Week commemorates pollinators and the indispensable services they provide. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and to raise awareness of the need to conserve them.
Pollinators give us many reasons to celebrate them. They are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 85 percent of flowering plants around the world, allowing plants that are food or habitat for other wildlife to persist. Pollinators also become food themselves for other wildlife, like songbirds. They are an indispensable component of a healthy environment.
Pollinators are vitally important to agriculture, too. More than two-thirds of crop species — crops that produce fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts, seeds, and livestock forage — depend on them. An estimated one-in-three mouthfuls you consume come from a pollinator-dependent crop.
Beyond the crucial ecosystem services they provide, pollinators are a diverse and fascinating group of animals in their own right. They include
- some bats,
- some beetles,
- flies and wasps.
UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge 12: Pollinator Portraits
Have fun in this Challenge!
Celebrate these amazing creatures by showing-off who the pollinators are in your area.
For this challenge create Pollinator Portraits:
- Post photos of the fascinating animals that pollinate plants near you.
- Include location,
- name of the pollinator (if you know it)
- any other bits of information you’d like to share
Create a post to share your thoughts/ photos and create a ping back to the challenge: