Fun ways to help protect bees and butterflies in National Pollinator Week June 19-25: Join in plantings, tours, garden show

Join in the activities for Pollinator Week June 19-25 for fun ways to help out our bees and butterflies. One-third of the food and drink produced in the U.S. depends on bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We need healthy pollinators for healthy communities in Minneapolis, a healthy ecosystem and a healthy food supply. All events are free unless listed otherwise below. Pollinator Week is buzzing with activity:

Monday, June 19

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

Saturday June 24

Sunday June 25

Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of an ongoing loss of plants that feed and shelter them combined with a large-scale expansion of pesticide use by homeowners, landscapers, property managers and farmers. Neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides have been shown to kill and weaken bees and other pollinators. When doing yard work, avoid pesticides that poison bees and butterflies, and if you buy plants, make sure they haven’t already been treated. You can also help by landscaping or gardening with the kinds of plants that nourish pollinators.

 

More information Find more details on the Pollinator Week events at www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/bees. Find more information about the seedles and Minneapolis farmers markets (including a map and open times of each market) at www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/homegrown/farmersmarkets. You can also follow the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis on Facebook.

Published Jun 19, 2017

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