Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week, June 20-26, 2022, is dedicated to raising awareness through statewide and local activities and events to support National Pollinator Week. By increasing knowledge and adopting pollinator friendly practices, we can improve pollinator health and habitats. National Pollinator Week is an annual event managed by the Pollinator Partnership to help spread the word about what we can do to protect pollinators.
A pollinator is any animal that visits flowering plants and moves pollen from flower to flower, which helps plants reproduce, making fruits and seeds. In North America, pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flower flies, beetles, wasps, hummingbirds, and in some parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, nectar-feeding bats. Some animals, like butterflies, move pollen while they are feeding on plant nectar. Bees are the most efficient pollinators because they also collect pollen as a protein source for their offspring, so they move the pollen around as they visit flowering plants. There are approximately 20,000 bee species in the world, 3,600 in the United States and 400 in Wisconsin (DATCP Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan).
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals. These include blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla, and almonds (Pollinator Partnership). In Wisconsin, crops such as apple, cranberry, cherry, green beans, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables depend on pollinators. Honey and beeswax are also important products made in Wisconsin.
Pollinators in Wisconsin and around the world are facing population declines for many reasons. You can get involved in a lot of ways! By creating pollinator friendly habitats, reducing or eliminating environmental contamination from pesticides, and spreading the word about pollinators with your communities, we can all contribute to pollinator conservation.
Looking to participate in local Pollinator Week activities in Brown County? Extension Brown County has partnered with several local organizations to get you involved!
Tuesday - Pints for Pollinators
Where: Zambaldi Beer
When: June 21 at 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We've partnered with Zambaldi Beer on Tuesday, June 21st for Pints for a Purpose. $1 from every pint, flight, or to-go beer will go to supporting our local pollinators, promoting healthy pollinator habitats, and community education. So come on out, grab a pint, enjoy the patio and learn how you can support pollinators in your community from 3:00pm-9:00pm! Hope to see you there! Located at 1649 S. Webster Avenue in Allouez, WI.
Wednesday - Planting Native Perennials with Master Gardeners
Where: Locktender's Garden in Voyager Park
When: June 22 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us at the Locktender's Garden in De Pere to plant native perennials. In return, you can take a plant home to start your own pollinator garden. We encourage you to stroll the garden and find signs suggesting how you can become more involved in saving our declining pollinators!
Thursday - Guided Pollinator Walk
Where: Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve
When: June 23 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Stop in at Barkhausen Waterfowl preserve on Thursday June 23 for a guided prairie walk from 9:00 am-10:00 am to explore our local pollinators and see them at work. You will be able to participate in a Pollinator Scavenger Hunt or make observations through the iNaturalist Pollinator Week BioBlitz (see below for more details on the BioBlitz).
Saturday - Pollinator Palooza
Where: STEM Innovation Center
When: June 25 at 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Come on out to the STEM Innovation Center as Brown County Celebrates National Pollinator Week with the FIRST Annual Pollinator Palooza!
Enjoy guided prairie walks in the Keith White Prairie, demonstrations, crafts, and more. Pollinator Seed Kits and bee products will be available for purchase from Brown County Land and Water Conservation and Fox Honey Farm.
N.E.W. Master Gardener, Annette Weissbach, will speak on "The Caterpillar-Pollinator Connection." This is happening at 11:00 am. You will learn about the importance of Lepidopteran as food sources for birds and the clutches. We all love butterflies but seldom give thought to their predecessors. Also enjoy, a brief overview of the Locktender Native Plant Garden at Voyageur Park in De Pere.
You won't want to miss out on the fun! Admission is FREE!
Join us for this FREE Pollinator Week webinar series about various pollinator topics. Webinars are free but registration is required for each one. Webinars will be recorded for later viewing. For topics, information, and registration, CLICK HERE.
Pollinator Activity Pack
Join in the fun of Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week by purchasing a Pollinator Activity Pack to help learn more about pollinators at home.
The Pollinator Activity Pack features at-home activities, a full color Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide, and Pollinator Week souvenirs. The at-home activities are designed to encourage an understanding of local pollinators and the importance of pollinator habitat conservation.
1. Pollinator Seed Pod- Create small pods of clay and soil packed with seeds to plant colorful pollinator habitats.
2. Insect Hotel- Provide shelter and habitat for our pollinator friends while they are busy at work.
3. Paper Folding- Use math and reasoning skills to create flowers and the creatures that pollinate them.
Cost per pack is $23.25
Includes: materials and workbook for activities listed above, full color Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide, Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week drawstring bag & logo sticker, pollinator scavenger hunt card, steps to mimic the bee waggle dance, and instructions to access the statewide BioBlitz through the iNaturalist smartphone app.
Click here to order your Pollinator Activity Pack. Pollinator Activity Packs will be shipped the week of June 12, 2022.
Put your creativity to the test by designing a poster for your chance to win cool prizes, a spot in our 2023 Horticulture Calendar and have your original art displayed on the UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture webpage, social media platforms and future marketing. Click here for the complete Poster Contest instructions and mail-in entry form.
Click here to submit your poster using our online entry form.
Join the iNaturalist Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week bioblitz June 20-26, 2022.
Step 1: Download the FREE iNaturalist app on your smartphone
Step 2: Log in by creating a FREE account
Step 3: Join us by selecting Project on the bottom right hand corner of your screen, then select Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week, click Join
Step 4: Make observations by using your phone camera, photo library, or record sound into the iNaturalist app. Add notes and information then click Share