Most of this material below was shamelessly borrowed from the PPC website, to which DoD has been a member. Please let us know if you or your installations have any pollinator related news, projects or photos you want to share with the group. I’ll do my best to post these on the NMFWA and AFPMB websites and include them on our Facebook feed.
Now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the NMFWA meeting in March 2021 meeting. Share any buzz about technical sessions that might be of interest to the NMFWA community and our working group. Send along any topics of interest to Charlie and I.
As for National Pollinator Week, here are some little known pollinator facts. The answers are surprising if you don’t already know. Heck, I’m an entomologist and I didn’t realize this. Give these questions some thought before looking at the answer.
1. How many native bee species occur in North America?
Answer: There are over 4,000 species of native bees in North America alone (20K globally). This and other amazing bee facts here:
2. Of the 4,000+ species of native bees in North America, how many produce and eat honey?:
Answer: Zero! Honeybees are not native and none of the other bee species in North America produce and eats honey (bumblebees store small amounts of nectar that is different from honey). Sadly, I don’t think they dance either. There are a few other bee species around the globe related to honeybees that produce and eat honey.
If you haven’t seen them, herewith some recommended Pollinator and Pollinator Week Resources:
National Pollinator Week - http://pollinator.org/pollinator-week
Educational Materials - http://pollinator.org/shop
Post your event on the Pollinator Week map - http://pollinator.org/pollinator-week#find-events
Ecoregional Planting Guides - http://pollinator.org/guides
DIY Bee Hotel - https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator.org/assets/generalFiles/DIY-Bee-Hotel.pdf