From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 2014.
The week of June 16-22, 2014, was designated as Pollinator Week to mark a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator and plant populations. As a member of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) had a series of events at the Smithsonian to mark Pollinator Week.
This year NAPPC teamed up with Smithsonian’s North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC) to promote Pollinator Week with the production of NAPPC’s annual Pollinator Poster. The 2014 poster features illustrations of seven orchid-pollinator interactions. Several public programs at NMNH during the week focused on orchids and their pollinators.
Public programs included talks in the Q?rius Theater by Jonathan Mawdsley (Smithsonian Entomologist) speaking on beetle pollinators of South Africa's Kruger National Park, Tom Mirenda (Smithsonian Orchid Specialist) discussing the mysteries of orchid pollination, and Dennis Whigham (Smithsonian Ecologist) talking about conservation of native orchids. Gary Krupnick (Smithsonian Conservation Biologist) hosted a “Scientist is In” table in the Butterfly Pavilion, displaying a selection of plant specimens and talking about why endangered plants need their pollinators. A Pollination Party was held at NMNH’s Butterfly Habitat Garden where Smithsonian Gardens staff and students from the University of Maryland PollinaTerps had fun family-friendly activities staged throughout the garden.