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National Pollinator Week

June 19, 2017

Pollinator Week 2017

Photo credit: Claudia Funari, Rick Kuyper, Catrina Martin, Bill Buchanan, B.M. Peterson

Many Americans see beautiful birds and butterflies near flowering plants in their yards, but may not realize the important work these and other species are actually doing to benefit the entire ecosystem. Hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. They help pollinate over 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and almost 75 percent of crops. In the United States alone, over 150 food crops depend on pollinators—including blueberries, apples, oranges, squash, tomatoes, and almonds.

June 19-25, 2017 is National Pollinator Week and in recognition of the critical importance of pollinators, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke proclaimed June 19-25 as National Pollinator Week at the Department of the Interior.

Throughout the week, the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office will feature photos of pollinators on Twitter with links to information about pollinators in honor of these hard-working animals that play an important role in pollinating food for humans and wildlife. Join us by posting photos of pollinators you catch in the act and tag “#PollinatorWeek” in your tweet.

If you want to attract pollinators to your garden, start by planting a garden (even a container garden) using native flowering plants:

  • Choose a variety of colors and shapes that will attract a variety of pollinators;
  • Choose plants that flower at different times providing nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season;
  • Plant in clumps rather than single plants to better attract pollinators.

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by Veronica Davison / SFWO External Affairs

Last updated: October 22, 2019