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National Pollinator Month

In this week's article I would like to discuss National Pollinator Month.  June is used to educate the public on the importance of pollinators and how we can help them. In 2007 the celebration of Pollinator Week started, and this year Pollinator Week will take place from June 22-28.

There are animals that help pollinate over 75% of flowering plants, including 75% of our crops. Common pollinators are hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, among many other animals. Some animals intentionally collect pollen, such as bees, but others move pollen incidentally because the pollen sticks on their body while collecting nectar. Pollinators are important because they help carry pollen between plants, as they collect nectar, which results in fertilization. Examples of plants that rely on these animals include berries, seeds, many fruits, vegetables, nuts, blueberries, almonds, squash, chocolate, apples, and coffee.     Read the full article.
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