If you want to get lost in the beautiful, tiny, sometimes a little gross, but always fascinating world of Pollinators, then check out some of our favorite videos below. The timing is right: it’s Pollinator Week. To learn more about pollinators, please go to (Happy Pollinator Week [provide link when up], A Federal Path To Save the Monarch Butterflies, Help Save the Pollinators by Planting a Bee Buffet, More Truth Uncovered about Neonicotinoids, What the Bees Need).
The Beauty of Pollination—by Louie Schwartzberg
Slow-mo beauty. Louie Schwartzberg’s time-lapse photos of flowers capture the astonishing beauty of pollination. He covers them all: hummingbirds, butterflies, wasps, bees, and bats (yep! bats are pollinators, responsible for over 500 species, including agave). He also has a great TED talk on the subject.
National Geographic Live!—People, Plants and Pollinators, by Dino Martins
Feel the love! Dino Martins, a professor at Stony Brook University, explains in true National Geographic fashion how important pollinators are for our food systems and for biodiversity. Putting these tiny creatures into a bigger picture, he says, “As a scientist, I basically study cooperation, mutualism and love.”
News You Can Use: Attracting Pollinators, by Denise Ellsworth
Denise Ellsworth, Director of Ohio State University Extension, offers a short little lesson of simple and straightforward tips to make your garden more pollinator-friendly.
Honeybee Metamorphosis—from National Geographic
Honeycombs hold more than honey. Check out this close up video of how a honey bee grows from egg to bee. You can also read a little more about the the Obama administration's National Strategy to Promote the Health of Bees and other Pollinators, in the National Geographic article related to this video.
10-year-old Mikaila Ulme bottles sweet summer treat for a cause
Mikaila Ulme runs a company with an important mission to promote bee health. She’s only 10 years old! Learn more about the story behind her drink company Bee Sweet Lemonade. Unfortunately, the editors of this film didn’t catch that the first footage they show of an insect is actually a yellowjacket (wasp), and not a honeybee, but we can forgive them for that.
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