By Mary Brennan
This week we are celebrating “ National Pollinator Week.” Now I like celebrations sure, but pollinators? And a whole week? What’s up with that? Who or what are they – what’s so important to warrant a whole week, and what’s it to me?
Well, first thing, there are several creatures that qualify as pollinators – insects such as bugs, bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps and some birds like hummingbirds. What they do is collect and transport pollen (dust-like stuff needed for flowers to reproduce) from one source to another. 85% of flowers need the help of pollinators and that means one in three bites of the food we eat is thanks to pollinators and 18 -27 billion dollars worth of crops in the U.S. every year!
Over the next weeks we’ll discover all sorts of fascinating facts about pollinators – who they are, how they live, what they do, and how they interact within themselves and the plants ( flowers, bushes and trees). We’ll talk about how we can actually watch some of this while visiting the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden and the special areas that are available just for pollinators. We’ll also learn how we can protect the precious beings that make our lives so much better.
Until then, love a bug and enjoy all the Magic Nature has to offer!
About Mary Brennan: Having happily enjoyed the treasures of Holden Arboretum for many years, in 2014 I enrolled in the OCVN course (Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist) and became a Volunteer soon thereafter. My love of sharing soon led me to become a Tour Guide . It also quickly became apparent that our Pollinators needed a “voice” and so I am now a Certified Volunteer Pollinator Specialist allowing me to become an active participant of The Phenology Project, MWAEBF – now Project Wingspan, the Ohio Bee Survey and being the co-founder of Holden Arboretum’s celebration of National Pollinator Week. And now a Pollinator Blog!