Below is an announcement from a listserv I subscribe to about activities going on in D.C. tomorrow in honor of National Pollinator Week! If you’re in the area, check it out!
It’s National Pollinator Week! Bee with us tomorrow (Rain or Shine!) for a fun-filled day to celebrate the hardest working friends of farmers and consumers at the eighth annual Pollinator Week Festival on Friday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!
Special highlights include:
- See live bats from around the world, including local insect-eating bats, leaf-nosed bats from South America and giant flying fox bats from Africa and Asia. Learn how bats are very important to ecosystems by eating pesky insects and spreading seeds or pollinating flowers of plants like mango, banana and pineapple.
- Meet beekeepers from USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory and watch honey bees at work in an observation hive. Learn about pollinated foods like raspberries and taste honey from local hives including the People’s Garden Apiary, US National Arboretum, DC Water, and Bee Research Lab at VegU in the USDA Farmers Market.
- Explore the People’s Garden to collect and identify insects. Take home pollinator-friendly plants like milkweed, oregano or bee balm to plant for pollinators.
- Enjoy Free Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream! Honey bees pollinate many of the ingredients used to make ice creams and sorbets. To spread their love for honey bees Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream is donating free cups of Strawberry Ice Cream and Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream – both bee-dependent flavors – to festival and bat walk attendees. Supplies are limited.
- Shop the USDA Farmers Market during the day (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and in the evening (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Signs will highlight which food we’d be without if not for the hard work of honey bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators.
- Walk with Bats! Meet at 8 p.m. at the corner of 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, SW in Washington, D.C. to attend a special “bat walk”! The walk discusses local DC bats, how they navigate the night skies, avoid predators and catch insects. Also, test out electronic bat detectors that pick up the ultrasonic calls that bats emit to navigate the darkness.
USDA Agencies and Initiatives
Agricultural Marketing Service
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Bee Research Laboratory
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Farm Service Agency
Natural Resources Conservation Service
The People’s Garden
U.S. Forest Service
Other Federal and State Departments
Department of Energy and the Environment
Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History
United States Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
National Honey Board
National Wildlife Federation
Organization for Bat Conservation
University of Maryland Extension
The Pollinator Festival is free, fun and educational for both youth and adults. For more information follow @PeoplesGarden on Twitter. Sign language interpreters will be present all day in the yellow information tent in the USDA Farmers Market.
Featured image of Hylaeus bee taken by:
By Orangeaurochs from Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom – Solitary bee (Hylaeus?), Sandy, Bedfordshire, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48913743