National Stewardship Week: Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators!

The world is all abuzz about pollinators! “Pollinators play a critical role in our everyday lives, and it’s important that we work to protect their habitat”, says NACD President Lee McDaniel. While many pollinators may seem like just annoying insects, they are actually a very important part of the web of life upon which we all depend. Pollinators form the underpinning of a healthy and sustainable future for food and the environment, but they have shown disturbing signs of decline in recent years. When pollinators shrink in number, many plants either produce less seed or no seed at all. The bottom line is, when pollinators start disappearing, plants start disappearing. Most plants depend upon pollinators to reproduce. While animals can travel and move around to find mates and reproduce, plants are rooted to one spot. Therefore, plants depend on pollinators to move pollen from their anthers to their stigma. On planet Earth there are more than 100,000 species of insects, including bees, flies, moths, butterflies and beetles that work hard as pollinators. There are also over 1,000 species of other animals such as birds, reptiles and mammals, including bats that pollinate plants. Your local conservation district can assist you in maintaining or developing habitat for pollinators.

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Districts across the country are marking this week with events to spread the word about the importance of caring for our natural resources. This year’s theme is “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators!” Help us celebrate by sharing the importance of pollinators!

For more information, please contact your local soil and water conservation district. For a list of districts in Ohio, please visit http://soilandwater.ohiodnr.gov/swcds/find-a-local-swcd

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