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September Is Pollinator Appreciation Month

Join the celebration and events for all ages, including the Bee Boulder Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28

September is Pollinator Appreciation Month and it aims to draw the community’s attention to the essential relationship with pollinators and the responsibility to protect and conserve them.

Although Pollinator Appreciation Month is time to celebrate, it’s also a time to reflect on the plight of pollinators and other insects. Insects are in steep decline, which places all life at risk.

So, what can we do?

Don’t worry about a perfect yard. Try looking at your yard through the eyes of a pollinator or a bird. Filling your yard with native plants that bloom from early spring through fall is not only beautiful but provides nectar and pollen for bees and later provides seeds for birds and other animals.

Instead of trying to achieve perfection, expect some damage to the foliage in your yard. The circular hole in your rose leaves was snipped by a leaf-cutting bee to create a cozy nest for her young.

The caterpillars nibbling on your plants will grow into butterflies and moths. They also provide food for birds. Rather than an intensive fall clean-up, leave flowerheads, stems and leaves to provide food and shelter for our six-legged friends. Although these individual actions are incredibly important, saving pollinators and biodiversity will require policy shifts in how we grow our food and landscape our communities.

A network of neighbors, non-profit organizations, businesses and schools and universities are working together to make these changes.

Join the celebration and events for all ages, including the Bee Boulder Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28. Visit  BeeBoulder.org  to learn more and for a full list of events.