Celebrate National Pollinator Week

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This is National Pollinator Week.

Pollinators are essential to our environment.  They are necessary for most of the world’s flowering plants and crops. Habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases are taking an enormous toll on our pollinators.

My short list of what you can do today!

1. Do not use chemicals like insecticides or pesticides, and I would reduce the use of all chemical use!
2. Second, plant flowers that bees and butterflies like.  They like clover and dandelions  and many flowers.  Perfect turf grass and hostas are not good pollinator food.
Below is from the Xerxes Society. They work to save our pollinators:
Whole Foods Market and its vendor companies have relaunched the Share the Buzz bee conservation initiative. And for the second year running, they are teaming up with the Xerces Society to promote awareness of and engagement in pollinator conservation.
As part of the Share the Buzz campaign and in celebration of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), Whole Foods Market invites you to support our work.
Eat Summer Squash: Between June 12 and 25, Whole Foods Market stores nationwide will donate $0.10 to the Xerces Society for each pound of summer squash sold. Yup, on every summer squash: zucchini, yellow, crookneck, and all the others. The money raised will go directly to support our work with farmers across the country, helping them to restore wildflower-rich native habitat and protect local biodiversity.
To help you find ways to eat squash, we’ll be posting a recipe every day until June 25 on our Facebook page.
Be a Bee-Smart Shopper: The following Whole Foods Market vendor companies are raising funds to help sustain our nationwide bee conservation efforts. Please show them your support!
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., through their brands MaraNatha, Westsoy, Terra Chips, and Arrowhead Mills Attune Foods Cuties Kashi SweetLeaf Muir Glen Talenti So Delicious Udi’s
Find Out More: To discover more ways to support pollinators, including ideas for creating a bee garden in your own community, visit Xerxes Society Webpage:  Bring Back the Pollinators webpage.
Thank you for doing your part!

http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef006.asp

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/components/DG6711e.html

http://www.restoringthelandscape.com/

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