We are really excited to participate in the March for Science on Saturday April 22 with a group costume: Native Pollinators!
So first we need to learn about pollinators....
Native pollinator themes with good scientific consensus are:
- maintaining wild habitat with NC native plants
- Spring blooming examples: purple coneflower, wild indigo, stoke's aster, bee balm, foxglove beardtongue, virginia spiderwort.
- only using pesticides in agriculture when needed and not at times when bees are active
- avoiding making any pesticide applications in landscapes/gardens/backyards.
HB 363 Pollinator Protection Act
- introduced with bipartisan support from Pricey Harrison (D-57), Chuck McGrady (R-117), Grier Martin (D-34) and Mitchell Setzer (R-89).
- The proposed legislation would limit the use of the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, implicated in pollinator decline by authorizing the use to only licensed professionals. It's targeted at consume use, because our state economy relies so heavily on corn, soy and cotton.
- We are grateful to Toxic Free NC for their legislative advocacy efforts around this bill. Unfortunately it's stalled in the Rules Committee right now, where it will die if not passed by the end of April. It's at risk of extinction just like the bees!
- Sign this petition to tell your representative that you support the Pollinator Protection Act (HB 363)!
- Marks the first time in the United States that a bumblebee species has been designated as endangered!
- The rusty patched bumblebee population has dropped 87 percent in the last 20 years.
- The drop in bee populations has been linked to habitat loss, diseases and the use of pesticides such as neonicotinoids.
- Check here for other NC native bee species!