2009-06-25 / Local & State

June 22-28 Declared National Pollinator Week

This week has officially been declared by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as National Pollinator Week in an effort to spread the message that pollination is vital to our survival and the existence of nearly all ecosystems on Earth.

More than 80 percent of our world's crop plant species require pollination, with estimates as high as 1 out of every 3rd bite of food comes to us through the work of animal pollinators. Birds, bees, butterflies, as well as bats, beetles and even mosquitoes are among the many creatures that transfer pollen between seed plants. Declines in the health and population of pollinators in North America and around the world pose what could be a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, to global food webs and to human health.

The Fulton County Master Gardeners recently established a pollinator demonstration garden along the new walking trail at the Lions Club ballpark. The gardeners researched for plants best suited for this region and selected species that were fairly drought tolerant and easy to grow. The public is invited to visit the demonstration garden to learn more about pollinators.

There is much information available on pollinators on the Internet and at your local library. For more information about pollinators, you can also call the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office at 717-485-4111.

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