National Pollinator Week … Pollination is vital to life!!
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~~June 19, 2014~~
WHAT IS POLLINATION?
Pollination results when the pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) is moved to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma) and fertilizes it, resulting in the production of fruits and seeds. Some flowers rely on the wind to move pollen, while other rely on animals to move pollen.
Animals visit flowers in search of food and sometimes even mates, shelter and nest-building materials. Some animals, such as many bees, intentionally collect pollen, while others, such as many butterflies and birds, move pollen incidentally because the pollen sticks on their body while they are collecting nectar from the flowers. All of these animals are considered pollinators.
Background of Pollinator Week
Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.
Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National…
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