World Pollinator week is June 17 – 23rd! This is a week to celebrate the many pollinators who help our ecosystem, such as, bats, bees, beetles, birds and butterflies. This is also a time to spread awareness of how endangered some of these species are. The most common causes for their endangerment is the loss of natural habitats, the use of pesticides, and climate change. However there are ways that you can still help these endangered species.
Pollinator Partnership is an organization with the mission of helping pollinators through education, conservation, and research. They have various online resources available to the public like a planting guide where people can learn the best plants in their area for pollinators. Their education web page is a great resource for teachers to utilize to educate their students about pollination and why pollinators are so important!
The SIUE STEM Resource Center also has resources available to learn more about pollinators. We have curriculum designed for elementary students to learn about insects, plants, and agriculture engineering. We also have books and field guides about various insects, birds, butterflies, and plants! We also have bird nests that students can examine or nets and bug boxes, which can be used to look more closely at pollinators in their own backyards!