The County of San Diego and its Department of Agriculture, Weights, and Measures (AWM) recognize the week of June 21 as National Pollinator Week to celebrate and support the vital health of over 200,000 species of pollinators who sustain the ecosystem.
Pollinator Week is an annual celebration of pollinator health, initiated and managed by Pollinator Partnership. The week gives scientists and the public a special week to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what could be done to protect them.
The U.S Senate unanimously approved designating a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” in 2006 in an effort to address declining pollinator populations. The Pollinator Partnership identifies pollinators as “Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food”.
An interactive and informative display is available for county residents to visit at the AWM office lobby, located at 9325 Hazard Way in San Diego.
The department and master gardeners from the University of California Cooperative Extension will host a pollinator presentation for the public on June 24 at 10 a.m. at the Demonstration Garden at the County Operations Center.
The County Administration Center will be lit on Friday night, in honor of Bees and their keepers.
According to a county news release, AWM supports local farmers and the County’s $1.8 billion agriculture industry by protecting native plant habitats for pollinators through programs that help prevent the introduction of invasive plants, pests, and diseases.
The general public can help pollinators by sharing Pollinator Week on your social media, building native bee houses, and planting a habitat, among several other ways. Find other ways to help pollinators by visiting pollinator.org, UC Cooperative Extension, and AWM’s Apiary Program, or call AWM’s Bee Hotline at 1-800-200-BEES (2337).