Note: The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for many of us to wild release books this year. Go ahead and register your pollinator related books and release them whenever you feel comfortable to do so.
No prizes, just fun and the opportunity to learn about the many different kinds of pollinating creatures that are important to our survival in this universe.
June 22-28 is Pollinator Week for 2020. However this release challenge will be for the whole month of June. Pollinator week has grown into an international celebration so I’m hoping that BC’ers all over the world will join in.
I’ve included some informative links about pollinators below.
In 2007 the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, flies,
butterflies, moths, bats, beetles and insects of many other types. https://pollinator.org/---/pollinator-week
"These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, like blueberries, squash, and almonds . . . not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators.” US Fish and Wildlife Service https://www.fws.gov/---/pollinators
"Many people are unaware that over 500 plant species rely on bats to pollinate their flowers, including species of mango, banana, cocoa, durian, guava and agave (used to make tequila). So, next time you eat some chocolate, say thanks to the bats! The pollination of plants by bats is called chiropterophily.” https://www.bats.org.uk/---/why-bats-matter
NWLF National Wildlife Federation https://www.nwf.org/---/Pollinator-Month
The Xerces Society for Pollinator Conservation https://xerces.org/---/plant-lists
All types of releases acceptable, Wild, Controlled, Book boxes etc.
Fiction and non-fiction books, field guides on insects, science books, children’s books
(a lot of children’s books have insects in/on them ), butterflies, bees and beetles and cover art depicting pollinators etc. And of course any words in the tile or embedded on the book's cover. Cover art depicting any kind of pollinator, bee hives, honey comb etc.
How to books…ie…how to plant a butterfly or hummingbird garden…pollinator garden…how to care for bee hives …
Acceptable words and image list: bees, wasps, flies, ants, male mosquitos, midges, butterflies, moths, beetles…Bats and birds too.… example, hummingbird…words like apiarian, apiary, apiarist, bumble, honey, pollen, pollinate, honey comb, honey cake, honey bear, beekeeper, bee hive, hive, etc. any word pertaining to bees & honey. Ladybugs, ladybird, lady beetle, June bug, June beetle, May beetle, fireflies, lightning bugs, metamorphosis ... this list will be growing, suggestions welcome!
Mammals: bats and Bush-babies...