The ninth annual National Pollinator Week kicks off today and runs through this Sunday. Nine years ago, Congress approved and designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week,” marking a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Annually, the Secretary of Agriculture shares a National Pollinator Week proclamation. In addition, the official website can be found here.
The Plant Materials Program has an extensive listing of publications relating to insects and pollinators.
Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season. These wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses are an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plan. A nation-wide effort, National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), calls attention to the steps everyone–from government to private sector to individual citizens–can take to protect and restore pollinator populations.
Benefits of Pollinator Seed Mixes Video- NRCS California agronomist Valerie Bullard discusses recent efforts at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center in Lockeford, California to test pollinator planting seed mixes and other techniques to attract native bees and other pollinators.