The invitation is simple: Meet in the garden. All are welcome. Any time. Any day. Just come.
Enjoy the celebration . . .
But really, the celebration is all about the fact that pollinators are a critical piece of our food and flower supply.
We depend on them for a large amount of food that we need for a healthy diet.
And they help move pollen from the male structures of flowers to the female structures, which ensures new seeds, fruits, and plants will grow.
Likewise, these insects benefit from the plants they visit.
Nectar provides carbohydrates and pollen can be a source of proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
But many pollinators are at risk. Declining populations are due to a loss of feeding and nesting habitat, overuse of chemicals and pesticides, and changes to weather patterns.
The Monarch Butterfly has officially been designated as endangered by the International Union of Conservation for Nature.
In short, pollinators need us . . . and we certainly need them.
I invite you to accept the invitation and spend time observing and appreciating; in the process you might also get to witness a couple of canoodlers.
By the same token, you could happen upon one whose life has come to an end, but give thanks that it chose a beautiful spot to fall asleep forever.
Please RSVP as soon as possible: The Pollinator Party is going on NOW and it won’t last forever.