Do you eat chocolate, drink coffee, or enjoy strawberries? If so, then you depend on the daily activities of bees, bats, butterflies and other animals that pollinate our food. In fact, one in every three bites of food that we eat depends on healthy pollinators.
In recognition of the importance of pollinators around the world, DTE Energy is taking a moment to recognize National Pollinator Week, running from June 17-24. National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
Pollination is the movement of pollen from male parts of flowers to female parts of flowers to create seeds. This can be done by wind, gravity or animals. And any animal that moves pollen from flower to flower is considered a pollinator.
Many ecological webs are connected to the health of pollinator species, such as healthy vegetative communities that stabilize soil, support water filtration, and produce seeds for other wildlife. The serious declines in pollinator populations are causing global alarm for financial, health, and cultural reasons.
“Pollinator populations are at risk because of habitat loss from over-development and pollution, invasive species, the misuse of chemicals like pesticides, and changes in climatic patterns,” said Kristen LeForce, DTE Energy’s resident biologist. “That’s why it’s important for all of us to consider what we can do at work and home to support the animals and insects that keep us fed.”
You can help by planting butterfly- and bee-attracting flowers like Brown Eyed Susans and Purple Cornflowers; reducing the use of chemicals; replacing part of your lawn with pollinator-enhancing plants like Milkweed and Showy Goldenrod; and supporting businesses that are habitat friendly.
Beyond National Pollinator Week, DTE thinks about and helps pollinators year-round, maintaining more than 30 pollinator gardens at its properties and every new solar park it opens will have a pollinator garden.
DTE has also enlisted its suppliers in establishing pollinator projects and participates in the Electric Power Research Institute’s Power-in-Pollinator Initiative to collaborate with other power companies to get more done than it could do alone.
To see more tips about how you can help pollinators, on social media, check out #NationalPollinatorWeek and #PowerInPollinators to find out how utilities across the U.S. are helping pollinators.