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News: The GCA Celebrates National Pollinator Week, June 22-28

 

June 16, 2020

National Pollinator Week 2020 will be celebrated the week of June 22-28. Pollinators are critical to food and ecosystems. The U.S. Senate’s designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” in 2006 marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. The Pollinator Partnership, which was awarded The Garden Club of America’s Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal in 2011 for championing pollinators, manages the initiative.

 

The week is usually marked by community events; but not this year. With face-to-face community events impossible, The Pollinator Partnership recommends lighting up a neighborhood or local landmark in orange and/or yellow for at least one night between June 22 and 29. Inspired by that idea, the Piscataqua Garden Club has arranged for the World War I Memorial Bridge that links Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, to be lit up in orange on June 22.

Members of the Piscataqua Garden Club will set out strings of colored lights, some in the shape of bees, in their front yards. Social media postings, as well as more traditional news articles, will also be deployed. Other ways to celebrate are building native bee houses, screening a pollinator film, or displaying pollinator artwork in a store window. Click Pollinator Week to access more resources.

Photo Credit: Barclay Jackson

 

 

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