6.20.2013

Happy Pollinator Week

This week is National Pollinator Week. Birds, bats, flies, wasps, ants, butterflies, bees and other pollinators facilitate the growth of 1/3 of the food and drinks consumed by people.  Unfortunately, many human behaviors threaten the health and safety of these important insects and animals, and many pollinator populations have experienced dramatic declines.  Learn about pollinators and their essential role in food production through these activities.

Use The Pollinator Partnership's 5 Things Kids Can Do Help Pollinators guide to start a discussion with children about how to help protect bees and other pollinators.

 Then read The Beeman by Laurie Krebbs who teaches lots of facts about bees through this story of a about a beekeeping grandpa.

My dad and his beehive.
Now that you've learned so much about pollinators, take a break for a local honey snack.  Visit the National Honey Board's website to use their Honey Locator.  This tool will help you find local beekeepers and honey suppliers in your area.  Many of these suppliers will allow you to tour their property and witness how happy bees produce honey, so checkout their websites or call before your visit.

After your snack, watch Sesame Street's  Honeybee Hullabaloo segment to learn more about honeybees while you buzz around and shake your thorax in a honeybee dance.

Find out if there are any Pollinator Week activities taking place in your area by visiting the Pollinator Partners NPW Events page.

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