Eleven 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 of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
With it being literally a month away, PolliNation caught up with Kelly Rourke of the organization that has been organizing National Pollinator Week across the US (Pollinator Partnership (P2)), Kelly Rourke.
Kelly is Pollinator Partnership’s (P2) Senior Program Manager, who not only manages National Pollinator Week, but also North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) and P2 grants and scholarships. Kelly has loved nature, in all its capacities, since she was a young girl growing up in upstate New York. Now settled in San Francisco, she has been able to explore and appreciate a very different environment. Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has also received a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management (Ecology Concentration) from the University of San Francisco. Her background in ecology, conservation, and culture has propelled her career in the non-profit sector. Prior to Pollinator Partnership (P2), Kelly worked at another bay area-based environmental non-profit called Conservacion Patagonica (CP). CP’s mission is to establish national parks in Chile and Argentina where there is not only fragile ecosystems, but also, complex cultural and societal struggles.
Listen in to learn about National Pollinator Week, how the Pollinator Partnership helps the world’s pollinator populations, and how you can take part.
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“Protect their lives, preserve ours.” – Kelly Rourke
- How National Pollinator Week got started
- When national news about pollinators spurned positive action in our government
- What National Pollinator Week is looking to accomplish with the public
- How Kelly believes we all can help the world of pollinators
- What Pollinator Partnership does for the world’s pollinator population
- What makes a good National Pollinator Week event
- The upcoming documentary film Pollinator Partnership is releasing
- What resources the Pollinator Partnership offers for everyone to help the cause
“Pollinator Partnership creates a wide array of materials to show people how they’re connected to pollinators and resources to get them involved.” – Kelly Rourke
- Learn more about National Pollinator Week (with event map and toolkit)
- Check out the Ecoregional Planting Guides and App
- Find out more about the Pollinator Partnership’s posters, brochures, and more
- How to get involved or plan an event in Oregon
- Kelly’s favorite book on pollinators: Bees in your Backyard
- Kelly’s favorite pollinator: the hummingbird
- Connect with Kelly Rourke by email