It’s National Pollinator Week. Let’s Celebrate the Birds and the Bees!

National Pollinator Week is an opportunity to celebrate bees, birds and other pollinators who are doing their magic every day. Find out how you can help protect them.

Have you ever thought about what it takes for your food to arrive on your plate? Iím not talking about the time it took you to prepare it, either. As someone who loves vegetables as much as I do, youíd think Iíd have at least an inkling. Um, no.

It turns out I know precious little about what it takes to keep those fresh produce aisles stocked. It took living off the grid in plant-based paradise for me learn that maintaining a vegetable garden is a time-consuming and sweat-inducing business.

Why do we need National Pollinator Week?

While it can certainly feel like it when youíre toiling in the midday sun, weíre not solely responsible for our bountiful harvest. The pollinators are quietly helping us and, sadly, their numbers are dwindling. Hence the need for National Pollinator Week.

Now in its eleventh year, National Pollinator Week is an opportunity to celebrate and draw attention to the valuable ecosystem services provided by pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. With pollinator populations in sharp decline, protecting them and ensuring they have the space to continue their work is more vital than ever.

Why are pollinators so important?

The importance of pollinators cannot be overstated. Roughly 1,000 of the plants we grow for food, medicines and so on need to be pollinated before they can produce what we need from them.

Put another way, one out of every three bites of food we take is thanks to the tireless efforts of our pollinating friends. If youíre motivated by dollar signs, chew on this: bees and other insects pollinate $40 billion worth of products a year in the U.S. alone.

Human arenít the only ones who rely on pollinators. Wild animals depend on them for their own food sources, too.†Moving from flower to flower and transferring pollen along the way might not seem like such a big deal, but pollinators impact our world way more than we realize.

How can you help protect pollinators?

The good news is that there is plenty you can do to help. Gardeners can create a haven for native pollinators by eliminating (or at least reducing) the use of pesticides. Not removing dead tree trunks is also beneficial, as they play host to wood nesting bees and beetles.

You can also help spread the word by educating others about the importance of pollinators. The Pollinator Partnership learning centre will get you started. Look for volunteer opportunities in your area.

More indirectly, you can help pollinators by eating a plant-based diet, living sustainably and supporting local farmers and producers. Itís also a great idea to stop eating honey.

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

The award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg has been filming time-lapse flowers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for more than 35 years.†In†this clip, he offers us a glimpse into the intricate world of pollen and pollinators.

Schwartzberg’s†films are breathtakingly beautiful. †If you havenít yet seen it, his TEDx talk: Nature’s Beauty Inspires Gratitude is an absolute must watch.

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

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Leo Custer4 months ago

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Elizabeth B
Elizabeth Brawn4 months ago

don't forget that australian native bees are also endagered

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