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Old 03-22-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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bumblebee National Pollinator Week is June 17 - 23, 2013

National Pollinator Week
June 17 - 23, 2013

Background of Pollinator Week
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Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Six 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 to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators’ message out to as many people as possible. It's not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let's SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!
http://pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2013.htm


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Taking part in Pollinator Week is fun, easy, and will help save small but vital pollinators! Anyone can get involved with the Week: businesses, garden clubs, offices, schools, universities, parks, community groups, museums, families, and individuals are just a few examples of people and organizations planning Pollinator Week events in their local community every year.

Whether you're running garden tours, competitions, promotions, special menus, parties or something else, you can generate free publicity by placing your event below! Click below to get started.
http://pollinator.org/npw_events.htm


Why are pollinators important and why do they matter to me and others?
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We have the answers in PDF format that you can print out for your Pollinator Week event. Just click to download and choose from various categories:
http://pollinator.org/npw_facts.htm
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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I'm more of a National Moth Week kind of a guy.

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I'm more of a National Moth Week kind of a guy.

National Moth Week | Exploring Nighttime Nature
National Moth Week is actually the first entry in the list of events for National Pollinator Week:
Pollinator Partnership

We like to be inclusive.
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If you spend any time around native orchid enthusiasts you will find that they share your enthusiasm for at least one moth. The threatened/endangered Prairie White Fringed Orchid's existence depends on one:

For Lack of a Moth the Orchid Is Lost

PLANTS Profile for Platanthera leucophaea (prairie white fringed orchid) | USDA PLANTS
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There a few more documented instances where flowers and moths depend on each other for their existence. Darwin's moth is the most famous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMVN1EWxfAU

I don't remember if the video explains it or not but the moth's proboscis is so long and unwieldy that the moth cannot feed on any other flower.
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Darwin actually found the orchid first, and postulated that there must be a moth evolved to pollinate it. When they went to look, lo and behold they found it. Many flowers are evolved for specific pollinators - maybe not as specific as this one, but we have all noted that our flowers are each visited by particular kinds of insects. I even remember a "Magic Schoolbus" about some insect in the rain forest that was essential to pollinate coffee, that was being killed off by the cultivation practices beig used.

It is a shame they made National Pollinator Week after most schools are out for the summer. It seems like a mistake when it is a message our kids need to hear.
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