POTSDAM, N.Y. — National Pollinator Week is June 17 to 23, a time to celebrate pollinators and learn how to protect them in our own backyards, here in the North Country.
Pollinators are indicators of a healthy ecosystem and include bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, beetles, and other insects. There is much that can be done in our own backyards to help, considering honeybees alone must visit 2 million flowers to make a one-pound jar of honey.
Most of our local crops rely on pollination. One out of three bites of food on our plates is thanks to crops fertilized by both wild and managed pollinators. Around 75 to 95 percent of wild plant species rely on pollinators.
This week of national recognition is supported by the Local Living Venture and their Pollinator Protection project partners, the WISER Center at SUNY Potsdam and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division.
Their Facebook pages will feature daily fun and informative posts on pollinators through June 23.
As part of the project, the public is welcome to join in as a “Pollinator Pal” to receive free wildflowers seeds to plant a Pollinator-friendly habitat at bit.ly/Pollinator Program and to attend a free wildflower planting workshop on Sunday June 23 in Potsdam, NY. Information can be found at bit.ly/plantWildflowers.
–National Pollinator Week
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