Earth Day message: Think global, act locally
On Monday, April 22, Earth Day was 49 years old. It is celebrated worldwide as a call for action and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part. The legacy of Earth Day — millions of trees planted, energy conservation, “going green,” recycling, eliminating plastic waste, water and soil protection is extraordinary in its scope.
The theme for 2019, protect our endangered and threatened species, is certainly appropriate considering the impact human activities are having on all of nature.
In agreement with protecting our endangered species, Bee City Hayesville, is raising awareness on the importance of pollinators. One in four wild bee species in the United States is at risk of extinction.
Monarch butterflies have declined 90 percent in 20 years. Pollinator insects are vital to our food supply, plant reproduction and ecosystem function. You can join the National Pollinator Garden Network and register your garden. In just three years, the NPGN has achieved their goal of 1,000,000 registered pollinator gardens with 8 million people involved and 5,000,000 acres enhanced or created.
The Smoky Mountain region, which straddles North Carolina and Tennessee, contributed over 35,000 gardens. You can make a difference. Plant a wildflower — rich habitat using native plants. Even small-scale plantings are beneficial.
To celebrate National Wildflower Week, Bee City Hayesville and the Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District will host the second annual Pollinator Expo event on the Hayesville square. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, you are encouraged to attend a family oriented educational event that promotes pollinators and gardening with native plants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with government conservation programs, Master Gardener organizations, beekeepers, nurseries, conservation groups and educators.
For details on appropriate plants for a pollinator garden, contact these organizations: N.C. Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer Association, N.C. Wildlife Federation, or visit: www. pollinatorgardens,org.
Plants will be available on the square and the Clay County Master Gardeners Association will have their annual three day spring plant sale May 3-5 at their new location behind the Clay County Extension Office at 25 Riverside Circle in Hayesville, Buy local and use native plants.