It is half over before we found out but this week is the fifth National Pollinator Week as designated unanimously by the US Senate. While this blog may be expected to focus on its favorite pollinator, the honeybee, we can spare directing some attention to pollinators in general. These include a variety of native bees, both social and solitary, butterflies, hummingbirds, and more, all of which are suffering from a loss of habitat as well as their individual ills. Given their role in increasing agricultural yield if not making it possible at all, we are perhaps not quite biting the hand that feeds us but slowly and surely giving it fewer places to reach us. Changing our landscape to better accommodate them will help maintain our food supply and make our surroundings more colorful and interesting.
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