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Celebrating National Pollinator Week (June 17-23)

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with Irvine Ranch Conservancy and discover the crucial role of pollinators in our ecosystems! #PollinatorWeek #ProtectOurPollinators 🐝🌼

Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) is celebrating National Pollinator Week! This commemorative week highlights the vital role of pollinators in our ecosystems and serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about their importance. Pollinators, including birds, bats, butterflies, moths, insects, small mammals and most importantly bees, play a crucial role in the reproduction of plants. This week, and throughout the year, IRC is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of protecting pollinators throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. 

Pollinators are essential for the reproduction of flowering plants by helping move pollen from one plant to another. According to Pollinator.org, an estimated 75% to 95% of all flowering plants need help with pollination, meaning they need pollinators. Over 180,000 plant species and more than 1,200 crops benefit from pollination by these vital species. However, many pollinator populations are declining due to habitat loss, making National Pollinator Week an important occasion for raising awareness and addressing these challenges.

The Landmarks are home to a variety of important pollinators, such as the Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis), Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna), Flower Flies (Copestylum marginatum), the California Native Sara Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis Sara) and more. 

Another common pollinator not usually thought of is wind! The Coastal Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) relies on wind pollination to thrive. During the flowering season, these trees produce pollen-laden catkins that are carried by the wind to fertilize other flowers. Both male and female flowers grow on the same tree, resulting in the acorns we recognize. 

To learn more about these featured pollinators within our area, check out Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. You can get involved and celebrate National Pollinator Week as well by planting certain plant species for pollinators in your garden, participating in online bee and butterfly ID workshops and getting involved with organizations like IRC who help restore habitats that benefit pollinators. By recognizing and celebrating National Pollinator Week, IRC hopes to raise awareness and take action to conserve and protect pollinators, ensuring the health of natural habitats.