We can't say for 100% certain that this is a wildflower we actually planted. But that certainly appears to be the case. Two things we know for sure: It IS a wildflower, and it IS our first one!
EHS' first wildflower spotted this week.
This effort may be mostly symbolic, but it is still important. As the Center for Food Safety reports:
Last year, U.S. beekeepers reported losing 42.1% of their honey bee hives - the second highest annual loss recorded to date. The situation for bees continues to worsen, but there has been some progress this year.
The key to progress is awareness, and that's what this wildflower project does; raise awareness. So if anyone asks you why we're doing this, it's not just to beautify a strip of land full of cigarette butts, bolts and beer cans... It's to help our pollinators.
Some Pollinator Numbers:
150 MILLION: the number of acres of National Wildlife Refuge habitat that now ban bee-toxic pesticides.
4 MILLION: the number of citizen signatures the Center for Food Safety delivered to the White House, demanding that President Obama take action and protect bees.
500,000: the number of signatures the Center for Food Safety delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, demanding that the agency respond to our listing petition and grant stronger protections for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act.
73: the number of Congressional Representatives who signed on as cosponsors of the Saving America's Pollinators Act last year.