Hummingbirds, bumblebees and butterflies are among the most adorable of all charismatic microfauna, and they also all happen to be pollinators. If that's not sufficient cause for celebration, how about this: One out of every three bites of food that we eat comes from a plant that was pollinated by an animal.
National Pollinator Week is June 19 – 25, 2017. Here are five ways to celebrate in the Portland area.
1. Drink a beer
Specifically, salute the pollinators by raising a glass of Silverspot IPA from Pelican Brewing. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this award-winning brew supports the Oregon silverspot butterfly recovery program, of which the Oregon Zoo is a partner. Visiting the zoo? Order a round at the Cascade Grill.
2. Run surveillance on bumblebees
The Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America's bumble bees. Sign up and upload bumblebee photos to help scientists learn more about these important pollinators.
3. Help natural areas go native
By volunteering at Metro's Native Plant Center in Tualatin, you can help propagate native plants used to replace invasive species, provide food for pollinators and create wildlife habitat at restoration sites throughout the region. Apply here.
4. Make your yard pollinator-friendly
The Grow Smart app ranks hundreds of products to take the guesswork out of finding nontoxic yard solutions, and includes tips on how to conserve water, attract beneficial wildlife and keep a kid-friendly yard. Get the app here.
5. Become a Wildlife Partner
The Wildlife Partners program offers our community the opportunity to financially support and advance the Oregon Zoo's on-the-ground efforts to fight extinction for rare pollinators and many other species. Learn more.