A Bee City USA affiliate since 2014, Carrboro is hosting its own pollinator week as a celebration of National Pollinator Week, which aims to raise awareness about the benefits of pollinators like bees, yellow jackets and butterflies and the struggles pollinator populations face.
According to a proclamation from the town, the benefits of protecting pollinators include healthy ecosystems, increased crop yields, decreased populations of pests that damage crops and increased demand for local, pollinator-friendly plant materials.
The proclamation encouraged residents to visit Carrboro’s pollinator garden at the corner of West Main Street and Hillsborough Road. The town also held a showing of Queen of the Sun, a documentary about the disappearance of bees around the world, on Sunday.
According to Bee Informed, a national research partnership funded by the USDA, beekeepers lost 44 percent of their honeybee colonies between April 2015 and April 2016.