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Lighting up Weastec for Pollinator Week

Weastec is taking part in a national celebration that highlights the importance of pollinators and what we can do to protect them. This year, National Pollinator Week is being celebrated June 17th-June 23rd. Many landmarks are choosing to light up their buildings with orange and/or yellow lights to help initiate the conversation about why pollinators are important. This week, you may notice some changes around the Hillsboro and Greenfield facilities. Joining in this celebration, Weastec has swapped many of our exterior lighting to orange to show our support and help spread awareness.

The inspiring theme for 2024 is “Vision 2040: Thriving ecosystems, economies, and agriculture.” This event urges us to envision a future where pollinators not only survive but thrive. These essential creatures are the unsung heroes behind the food we enjoy and the beauty that surrounds us.

You may notice a new addition to our Pollinator Garden this week as well. The BioTEC team is excited to share that our Pollinator Garden has been certified as a Monarch Waystation Habitat. This habitat will help support Monarch butterflies as they migrate to the mountains of central Mexico later this year and then journey back into the United States and Canada next spring. Monarchs need our help as milkweed and nectar sources are declining across the United States from development and widespread use of herbicides.

Pollinator Week Background:

Thirteen 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.