In 2017 I find myself busier than ever toiling away at raising awareness for pollinators, many of which are insects that people generally dismiss as nuisances. Everyday I rise with the sun and begin pondering ways to reach people regarding the importance of pollinators, and many of my days I don’t have the privilege of witnessing the fruits of this labor, but I press on nevertheless, in hopes of reaching even the smallest of numbers to promote positive change. I have been very fortunate to meet some amazing people on this journey who are also tirelessly toiling away for change.
2016 marked the beginning of my involvement with, and the establishment of the Colorado Pollinator Network, and what a wonderful journey this has been! We are looking forward to establishing the first annual Colorado Pollinator Month, which will take place in June of every year. Our goal is to create state-wide awareness around pollinators to bring about positive change for pollinator species in our state. My team on the Education and Outreach Workgroup has been working to invite as many entities as we can to help raise awareness during the month of June, and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my team!
I am so very lucky to be working on Colorado Pollinator Month with:
Amanda Accamando (co-chairs the Education and Outreach Workgroup with me) of Hudson Gardens, Angela Jewett of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Rebecca Coon of CU Museum of Natural History, Jane Crayton of CSU Extension of Pueblo, Deryn Davidson of CSU Extension of Boulder, Jessica Romer of Denver Urban Gardens, of Audubon Rockies, Greta Mae of BBBSeeds.
All the hard work we have been putting in has been supported by Public Policy and Advocacy Workgroup of the Colorado Pollinator Network. They brought a proclamation to make Colorado Pollinator Month official, and thus a lasting mark on our state, to Governor John Hickenlooper, and he signed it!
When my family heard this news our house erupted with celebratory cheering! My team of awesome go-getters were overjoyed. This is a moment I will never forget, and I will always smile when June rolls around in Colorado, because we have already begun making history for pollinators!
Now, let’s do this! Look for #pollinateCO to see the happenings for pollinators in June, and tag some pollinator photos of your own too.
I am buzzing with excitement, and determined to keep this state beautiful.