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Annual Celebration Brings Awareness About the Importance of Pollinators

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Pollinator Week, established by the U.S. Senate in 2007, is an annual celebration of pollinators and their role in our ecosystem, economy, and world food supply. Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed June 19-25 as Arkansas Pollinator Week to coincide with this year’s National Pollinator Week.

Pollinators comprise a diversity of wild creatures from birds and bats to butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, and even the occasional land mammal or reptile. National Pollinator Week focuses on the importance of pollinating animals and the urgent issue of their declining numbers.

Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants. It occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species by wind or animals. Successful pollination may require visits by multiple pollinators to a single flower. However, successful pollination results in healthy fruit and fertile seeds, which allows the plant to reproduce. Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse. Pollinator health affects everyone. 

Follow this link to download a PDF fact sheet about pollinators.

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