The Village Board of Port Barrington unanimously voted on May 20, 2020 to proclaim the week of June 22nd as “Pollinator Week” in the wake of receiving certification as a Bee City USA, joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Board’s action is the culmination of months of effort by a designated Pollinator Committee appointed by Village President Shannon Yeaton to accomplish this certification. We thank President Yeaton for facilitating this movement to promote pollinator conservation. Bee City, USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization with offices across the country. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies,, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume!
“The program aspires to make people more PC–pollinator conscious, that is,” said Scott Hoffman Black, Xerces’ Executive Director. “if lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for many, many species of pollinators.”
How each city completes the steps to conserve pollinators is up to them,” said Bee City USA Coordinator Molly Martin. “To maintain their certification, each affiliate is expected to report on their achievements and celebrate being a Bee City affiliate every year.” Port Barrington has installed several pollinator-friendly gardens around the Village Hall. In addition, shore stabilization efforts are underway at Nichols, Friendship and Pregenzer Beach Parks that will incorporate pollinator species.
The Pollinator Committee includes Trustee John Grothendick, Port Barrington Waterway Commissioner Jody Thelin and Board Liaison Donna Erfort. The Committee invites all residents of Port Barrington to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations are involved, the sooner pollinator declines will BEE reversed!