Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It's Pollinators Week!

Happy Pollinator Week 2016!  9 years ago, the U.S. Senate designated this week to celebrate pollinators, and the rest is history!

Great Spangled Fritillary

I started Pollinator Week this year at a NABA 4th of July Butterfly Count at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane VA.  These butterfly counts are a great way to learn about your local butterflies and the role that they play in your local environment (their "niches").    I studied local butterfly ecology for my dissertation, and I got my start by attending the 4th of July butterfly counts -- the attendees are often experts and very willing to share their knowledge.

Butterflies aren't the only pollinators worth celebrating.  Other insects (including mosquitoes), birds, and even geckos and lemurs can pollinate plants.  Be sure to check out your local pollinators this week, and support their habitat by avoiding pesticides and planting pollinator-friendly plants.

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