Based in San Francisco, Calif., Pollinator Partnership’s tagline for the 13th annual Pollinator Week, which is being celebrated June 22-28, is “Pollinators, Plants, People, Planet.” But this year’s celebration is a little different than in years past, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We urge everyone to hold a socially distant, appropriate event,” the organizers note on the official website, Pollinator.org. “In an effort to lighten the load on state governments during this time, we are not pursuing formal state proclamations this year, but will continue to post proclamations that we do receive. Moreover, we encourage everyone to go outside and spend some time with the bees and butterflies that inspire hope in many.”
A downloadable toolkit online offers an array of ideas to share with families, schools and more, even during quarantine. In 2019, all 50 states had signed a proclamation recognizing the weeklong awareness of pollinators. At press time, only 30 had joined in, but the week is still young.
As you know, pollinators come in lots of shapes and sizes — way beyond just the commonly encountered Western or European honey bee (Apis mellifera). How much does your team know about pollinators? Check out our roundup here and see whether an in-house training refresher is needed.
Now it’s your turn. What has your company done to bring awareness to the public about the benefits of pollinators, and how as pest management professionals, your team strives to protect both pollinators and public health whenever possible? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out some of these pest management firms for inspiration: