This week (June 15 – 21) we are celebrating National Pollinator Week, and those amazing birds, bats, butterflies, beetles and more that mean so much to the food we eat and the land we live on. Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, talks about pollinator gardens.
When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved its Headquarters to a new building last summer, pollinators benefited.
Employees helped plan a native pollinator garden in front of our new Headquarters building with beautiful flowering plants to nourish native pollinators such as butterflies, bees, beetles and hummingbirds. We were careful to select plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season
|The pollinator garden at our HQ building. Photo by Rachel Sullivan/USFWS|
Almost immediately, amid the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia, pollinators showed up seeking food and habitat. Some people even got to see a monarch butterfly stopping by the garden!