Native Pollinators & March for Science

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....

Did you know 1 out of every 3 bites of food are pollinated!!

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.

Bees and Farmers need each other - it's that simple!

HB 363 Pollinator Protection Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially ruled the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered.

  • 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!