National Pollinator Week is coming to a close, but it’s important to remember the importance of this event. While small and often inconspicuous, pollinators provide a wonderful service to our environment, economy, and culture. Even if it’s just one week of admiration for these critters, it’s imperative we consider pollinators and appreciate all they do for us as much as we can. Above, you can see a collage created by Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda. Below, you can see Governor Bill Lee’s 2021 proclamation.
From here at UT, here are quotes from the Dean of Extension and the Vice President/Chancellor of UTIA:
“National pollinator week is a great time to reflect upon how important pollinators are across our ecosystems. Without them, we would see major shifts in the plants and animals that provide our food, fiber, and other important components of our lives.” – Dr. Ashley Stokes, Dean of UT Extension
“As National Pollinator Week comes to an end, many people ask what they can do to help pollinators in agriculture and our landscapes. UTIA offers Field Days, Extension programs such as the Master Beekeeping and Master Gardener Programs, the UT Gardens, and other educational opportunities across the state and throughout the year to learn more about how to support healthy pollinators. UTIA is here to help you help pollinators!” – Dr. Tim Cross, Sr Vice President and Sr Vice Chancellor of UT Institute of Agriculture