This week, June 18-24, is National Pollinator Week, which recognizes the benefits provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. But many pollinator populations are in decline because of factors including habitat loss, weather extremes, climate change and pesticide misuse. Buying local honey and landscaping with native plants are ways to help.
Pollinators are vital to more than 180,000 different plant species and more than 1,200 crops, according to the Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit group that works to help people protect pollinators to ensure healthy ecosystems and food security. The group initiated and manages Pollinator Week.