Follow Dr. Kathy as she enters her 7th through 11th years of beekeeping in rural MD.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Celebrate- Pollinator Protection Week Begins Today- June 16th, 2014
Pollinator Protection Week begins today. In its seventh year, the
observance is an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem
services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
Three-fourths of the
world's flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world's food
crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. More than 3,500
species of native bees help increase crop yields. (Source:
It is estimated that at
least one of every three bites of food is touched by a pollinator.
In the United States,
pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces
$40 billion worth of products annually. (Source Pollinator.org)
Although we hear about
honey bees most often, butterflies, birds, beetles, moths, and
other animals are also pollinators.
Though research is
on-going and much more is needed, it appears pollinators are
threatened by a variety of factors including Colony Collapse
Disorder, diseases, genetic diversity, habitat and nutrition,
improper pesticide use, and mites and other pests. Most
researchers believe the greatest threats to bees are from mites
and the lack of adequate habitats and nutrition sources.