June 18, 2010

Oooooh, Pollination!

by Heather Falconer

June 21st kicks off National Pollinators Week, and good thing, too. These often-forgotten heroes deserve a little attention now and again. After all, they support our delicate ecosystems by sharing the love, helping in the reproductive process of the plants that provide nourishment and protection. If you’re interested in participating in the US Department of Agriculture’s activities from the 21st to the 27th, click here.

If you’re interested in learning more about pollinators and their important role in our worldwide ecosystems, pick up The Forgotten Pollinators by Stephen Buchmann and Gary Nabhan. This book has been around for over a decade, but is as poignant and relevant as ever. Combining Buchmann’s entymology with Nabhan’s ethnobotany and skill at nature writing, they give us a wonderfully entertaining text that is full of useful information. It’s a must for any novice naturalist, or for the student of ecology.

Heather Falconer

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Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.