HIGHLAND, N.Y. — Ulster County Master Gardener Cecily Frazier made a request of the NYS Bridge Authority to use the lights on the Mid-Hudson Bridge to commemorate National Pollinator Week, so on June 21-27, the FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge between Poughkeepsie and Highland will be draped in 27,000 orange and yellow lights in honor of pollinators!
What a great way to bring awareness to this issue. We all need to celebrate and recognize the vital role pollinators play in our lives and all that they do for us and the plants that rely on them. They provide 1/3 of all the foods we eat, including the really important ones like chocolate, vanilla and coffee–not to mention apples, blueberries, and even the silage that cows need to provide milk.! We would be in a sorry spot without them. They are suffering enormously from the effects of climate change and loss of habitat. We hope you can see the lights and remember how much these creatures do for us. If you want to know more go to www.pollinator.org
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County
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