Pollinator Week: June 21 - 27, 2021

Due to the inclement weather, the 6th Annual Summer Sustainability Fair, Pollinator Chalk-A-Palooza, and the showing of the Bee Movie scheduled for Friday, June 25 are being postponed. New dates for these events and activities will be announced soon!


What is Pollinator Week?

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. Fourteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. 

Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration, promoting the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles. It's a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.

Pollinator Week Fast Facts

  • About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
  • Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees.
  • About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.
  • Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the resources on which we depend.
  • 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators.
  • Foods produced with the help of pollinators include apples, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate, melons, peaches, figs, tomatoes, pumpkins, and almonds.
  • In the United States, pollination by honey bees and other insects produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually!
  • In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.

Learn more fast facts about pollinators!


Dubuque Pollinator Week Events

The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like!  Join us for these local Pollinator Week events and/or check out the Pollinator Power Party, the world's largest virtual party celebrating pollinators!

Picture Perfect Pollinator Photo Contest

Monday, June 21 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

To enter, like Sustainable Dubuque on Instagram or Facebook then post an original photo of a pollinator up-close, pollinator-flower interaction, or pollinator landscapes using the hashtags #pictureperfectpollinator and #dbq. Winners will receive a prize package from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Dubuque Pollinator BioBlitz

Monday, June 21 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Pollinator BioBlitz is a community effort to record as many pollinators as possible during Pollinator Week!
How it works: If you can find a pollinator and take a picture of it, you can participate as a BioBlitz observer! Download the iNaturalist app on your mobile device (Google Play, App Store), head outside, and snap as many photos of pollinators as possible including bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, bats, wasps, flies, and more! Then, upload your photos to the iNaturalist app and share your observations. Go solo or BioBlitz with friends and family. Either way, you’ll love being a citizen scientist! 

Carnegie-Stout Public Library StoryWalk at the Bee Branch

Starting the week of June 21.

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library is opening a permanent StoryWalk at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway and it will be ready just in time for Pollinator Week! The first book being featured is The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson, an interactive story about the colors of a garden, bees, our natural world, and our place within it. The StoryWalk will start at the flagpoles by the bus stop on E. 22nd St. then continue across the E. 22nd St. bridge. It follows the trail up to E. 24th St. and circles back ending at the play area with slides. Parking is available at the corner of E. 22nd St. and Prince St.

Pollinator Chalk-A-Palooza

Friday, June 25, 5 - 7 p.m.  Postponed - New Date To Be Announced

All ages are invited to chalk the sidewalk at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway in celebration of Pollinator Week! We want to cover the sidewalk with bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, bats, flowering plants, food crops, and all things pollinator-related! A limited supply of chalk will be provided. People are welcome to bring their own chalk and tools. Everyone who participates will get their own sidewalk square and be entered into a drawing to win punch cards to the City of Dubuque pools! No registration is required. This event is being held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Summer Sustainability Fair. 

6th Annual Summer Sustainability Fair

Friday, June 25, 5 - 7 p.m.  Postponed - New Date To Be Announced
at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps for its 6th annual Summer Sustainability Fair! Dubuque organizations will be showcasing their sustainability efforts including the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Mines of Spain, ISU Extension and Outreach, Green Dubuque, Dubuque County Energy District, and the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA). A family-friendly event, activities include interactive booths with activities and crafts, musical entertainment, raffle giveaways, the Pollinator Chalk-A-Palooza, electric vehicle viewing, and more! Then, at 9 p.m. the City of Dubuque Leisure Services will show The Bee Movie on its outdoor movie screen!

Movie in the Park: The Bee Movie at the Bee Branch

Friday, June 25, 8:45 p.m. Postponed - New Date To Be Announced

 at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway

In celebration of Pollinator Week, the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department is showing the animated family film Bee Movie on their outdoor movie screen at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway. The film will be shown in the open green space along Prince St. between E. 22nd St. and E. 24th St.

Trash Pick-Up for Pollinators

Saturday, June 26, 9 - 11 a.m. at the Lower Bee Branch

Help keep our local pollinator habitat clean! The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) is hosting a Trash Pick-Up for Pollinators at the Lower Bee Branch. If possible, sign up in advance at www.cityofdubuque.org/pickup4pollinators. Volunteers should meet at the E. 16th St. Overlook. Can’t attend the event on Saturday? Do your part by picking up trash in your neighborhood or local park during Pollinator Week!

Other Pollinator Week Initiatives

During Pollinator Week, students from the St. Mark's Youth Enrichment Hereos Summer Academy and the Multicultural Family Center Summer Teen Empowerment Program will participate in hands-on educational classes. Please note, these programs are NOT open to the public.  

St. Mark's Youth Enrichment Bee Program

Wednesday, June 23, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Kids are fascinated by insects! In this 90-minute interactive program 5th graders from St. Mark's Youth Enrichment will learn about the biology of bees, what a beekeeper does, the life cycle of a bee, the vital role of bees in our environment, and how to help bees in their own backyard and community!

 Hands-on activities will include:

  • honey tasting
  • looking at beehive equipment
  • dressing like a beekeeper
  • rolling a beeswax candle
  • looking at bee parts through a microscope
  • viewing live honeybees in an observation hive

 This program is being provided by the Dubuque Swiss Valley Beekeeping Club.

MFC STEP Pollinator Program

Wednesday, June 23, 9:45 - 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 - 5 p.m.

Lower Bee Branch and Alliant Solar Array

Students from the Multicultural Family Center (MFC) Summer Teen Empowerment Program (STEP) will participate in an interactive program about pollinators lead by the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM). The students will identify and count milkweed stems and monarch caterpillars, discuss the connectivity of native plants, and install two native bee homes at the Lower Bee Branch Creek which the NMRM was recently awarded through The Bee Conservancy's Sponsor-A-Hive program.

As part of the same program, the students will learn about the Port of Dubuque Solar Array and how power companies can help pollinators. They will hear from Alliant Operations Manager Dean Beneke and Senior Environmental Specialist Wendy Greene. Beneke manages an Alliant generation power plant and energy delivery in NE Iowa. Greene oversees habitat installations, is involved in various Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Programs including Power in Pollinators and oversees the environmental aspects of our energy delivery construction projects.

Dubuque Pollinator Week Partners

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