If your calendar doesn’t have June 17-23 listed as National Pollinator Week, maybe it’s time to get a new calendar.
Milton is celebrating the week by giving away 150 packets of wildflower seeds at city hall.
The weeklong pollinator party was approved by the United States Congress in 2007. The sponsor was then-Ga. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
“Bees, butterflies, and other pollinator species have a critically important role in agriculture in the United States and help to produce a healthy and affordable food supply and sustain ecosystem health,” the Senate resolution reads.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, endangered species pollinate more than 75% of flowering plants and as many of crops.
Even if you don’t care about the decreasing bee population — a 2016 study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 44 percent of American beekeepers lost their colonies — we wouldn’t have natural chocolate and coffee without bees.
The city of Milton posted to Facebook on Monday that wildflowers can be planted during any season. Those interested can grab a seed packet from city hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, any day this week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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