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5 Ways to Support Pollinators

5 Ways to Support Pollinators

Celebrate Pollinator Week with us!

Pollinator Week 2024 will take place June 17-23, 2024.

Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Here are 5 things you can do to support pollinators:

  1. Plant a pollinator garden: Whether you have a garden or just space for potted plants, you can support pollinators by planting native flowering plants specific to your region. Here in the Southeast, native plants include, but are not limited to: Butterfly Milkweed, Eastern Blue Phlox, Goldenrod, Black-eyed Susan, and Blazing Star. It's important to group plants together to form a visible 'target' that attracts pollinators more effectively.

  2. Reduce or eliminate the impact of pesticides: Planting gardens and containers to attract pollinators may also bring unwanted pests that can harm flowering plants and diminish resources for the pollinators you are trying to attract. When the use of pesticides becomes unavoidable on your property, opt for products with the EPA’s new label for neonicotinoid pesticides, which signals the product's potential hazard to bees. Always use products as directed to reduce the chances of bee poisoning.

  3. Support local bees and beekeepers: Buying local honey not only supports beekeepers but also the pollinators in your area. Try places like King Cobra Apiary for a taste of what hard-working pollinators produce.

  4. Inform, inspire, celebrate: Bring awareness to our bee friends by organizing an event that supports pollinators. Some examples include hosting a pollinator-themed meal or mixer (find a list of pollinated foods here), bringing friends and family on a nature walk to learn and identify native plants in the wild, or hosting a backyard movie night featuring the short films from the Pollinators Under Pressure project.

  5. Become a bee-friendly garden member: Join a community of pollinator gardeners spanning North America and beyond by visiting When you register, you will earn a spot on the ‘Bee Friendly Garden’ member map, get the opportunity to earn unique BFG badges by taking actions to help pollinators, receive a personalized Certificate of Membership, and much more.


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