National Pollinator Week is June 22-28

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The 2020 "Our Future Flies With Pollinators" Poster by artist Fiorella Ikeue is a visual representation of the ecosystem services pollinators provide for the planet, and demonstrates the incredible diversity of pollinating species.

This week is dedicated as a time to celebrate all that pollinators do for us and to be reminded of all the things we can do for them!

“Thirteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked 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.” See this link to learn more!

In addition, World Bee Day was celebrated on May 20, 2020, and the celebration continues into National Pollinator Week! Here is a list of some activities you can do to help the 20,000 incredible bee species worldwide!

Learn how to identify different types of bees in our Bee ID blog by Amber Barnes, Pollinator Partnership’s Wildlife and Conservation Ecologist.

Watch the Protecting Our Pollinators webinar hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and learn about the importance of pollinators to our food system, the threats they face, and best practices to safeguard them.

Watch the Exploring the World of Pollinators webinar by Anthony Colangelo, Pollinator Partnership’s Communications Coordinator and learn about native bees and a few of the fantastic programs Pollinator Partnership has to offer for parents and kids that are fun, educational, and beneficial to pollinators!

Download the Insight Citizen Science App and spend some time outside monitoring and recording observations of the bees visiting your garden!

Check out this article on how to protect bees in your garden or balcony!

New Orleans City Park, especially areas with flowers and native plants, is a great place to visit to watch pollinators in action. Take a walk through The New Orleans Botanical Garden, along the Native Plant Trail at Big Lake, or through Couturie Forest and see how many different pollinators you can spot! If you see a bee hive in the Park in an unsafe spot, or if the bees are being aggressive please contact our Safety Coordinator Carrie Ann Ducote at 504-483-9358. We will contact Bee Guyz to relocate the bees safely to a safe habitat. Remember to always observe from a safe distance so as not to disturb their important work!

- Lindsay Kirsch

Environmental Program Manager, New Orleans City Park