From Plant Press, Vol. 19, No. 3, July 2016.
National Pollinator Week 2016 was celebrated June 20-26 in an effort to raise awareness of the decline in important pollinator populations. The National Museum of Natural History held a number of events throughout the week, including “Expert is In!” programs throughout the museum and a Pollination Party in the Pollinator Garden. Many of the events moved beyond simply raising awareness, giving participants opportunities to contribute towards pollinator protection.
On June 20, Smithsonian experts came out to the museum galleries to talk about unique pollinators. Visitors of all ages swarmed their tables to learn about the behavior of plant pollinators. Gary Krupnick explained to visitors the importance of “Trees for Bees,” a topic highlighted in the 2016 Pollinator Week poster issued by the Pollinator Partnership. With their profusion of flowers, trees are a convenient food source for bees and other pollinators. Krupnick displayed specimens of tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), and eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), and shared stories of their natural history and importance to pollinators. Krupnick was one of the scientific advisors on the poster design.
During the program, Krupnick also provided museum visitors information on how to join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a way to register public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge was launched by The National Pollinator Garden Network, an unprecedented collaboration of national, regional, conservation and gardening groups, including Smithsonian Gardens and the National Museum of Natural History, to support the President’s Executive Strategy to “Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.”
Gary Krupnick displays plant and bee specimens and talks about the importance of nectar- and pollen-producing trees for native bees during an “Expert is In” session at the National Museum of Natural History. Krupnick served as one of the scientific advisors for the 2016 Pollinator Week poster “Trees for Bees.”