June 8, 2016: Pollinators Special Edition


Our website will update again on June 15, 2016

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

~Pope Francis~


This week we are all about Bees, Butterflies and other pollinators and why these smallest of the lesser brethren are so important to the survival of human and animal kind

Did you hear?

National Pollinator’s Week June 20-26

National Pollinator’s Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Nine 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.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 20-26, 2016 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Good News

‘Laudato Si’ Inspires Beekeeping Club at Ossining School

When bees buzz nearby, the first reaction of students at St. Augustine’s School in Ossining isn’t to swat them in fear. It’s more than likely they will look at the little creatures calmly and with respect for what they do for the environment.

The club meets once a week to take care of two beehives. They are kept on isolated grounds behind the rectory. “The parish is on 35 acres and the spot gets the morning sun, which the bees need. It works out perfectly,” said Father Brian McSweeney, pastor of St. Augustine’s parish and a big supporter of the club.


In the News

If it weren’t for pollinators

Birds, bees, wasps, bats, butterflies, beetles – these small pollinating animals are responsible for providing us with food, fibers, medicines, and more. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved from one flower to another of the same species, allowing fertilization to occur. With the help of pollinators, our ecosystems thrive and continue to produce the valuable goods we depend on.


Picture of the Week

Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States. From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And all these bees have jobs, as pollinators.

Ask Susi

QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.


Susi Weekly Column

The Monarch Butterfly–The Journey Less Traveled

~by Susi Pittman

It is the most well-known butterfly of North America and it needs your help. Consider growing its favorite plants in your garden and it will visit you each migration.


Catholic Journeyman

Watching My Little Friends

~by Louis Templeman

The joy of feeding wild birds can only be surpassed by watching them consume the bounty you have prepared for them. Stewardship of God’s creatures evokes an appreciation for the Creator.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Creation Through Child Like Wonder

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

When you take a child out into the natural realm it is always a time of wonderment for the child. Oh, to tap back in to that wonderment again as an adult!


Good Books Review

Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, by Gwen Cooper

~review by Michele Gregoire

It is a love story for every cat lover, a walk in life and death and the legacy of one small blind cat.


Weekly Commentary

Decline of pollinators poses threat to world food supply

~by John Schwartz

Pollinators, including some 20,000 species of wild bees, contribute to the growth of fruit, vegetables and many nuts, as well as flowering plants. Plants that depend on pollination make up 35 percent of global crop production volume with a value of as much as $577 billion a year. The agricultural system, for which pollinators play a key role, creates millions of jobs worldwide.

Many pollinator species are threatened with extinction, including some 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats, according to the document. Hummingbirds and some 2,000 avian species that feed on nectar spread pollen as they move from flower to flower.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Association of Catholic Women Bloggers ACWB

Melanie Jean Juneau has been the administrator of ACWB since the summer of 2013. She is a wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joyofnine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine kids seems to confound people. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.

Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

Melanie is a columnist weekly at CatholicMom, monthly at Catholic Lane, bimonthly at Catholic Stand and Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner.


Recommended Read

A Sorrow Shared

~by Henri J.M.Nouwen

In a first-ever combined English edition of Nouwen classics In Memoriam and A Letter of Consolation, this beloved spiritual giant of the twentieth century explores the depths of his grief and writes tenderly and wisely to his bereaved father, yearning for the light of Christ in the darkness of loss and sorrow. In Memoriam, Nouwen’s intimate, deeply touching account of his mother’s death, offers a gentle invitation to all those in grief to open themselves to a deeper sense of faith and trust in God. A Letter of Consolation—in which Nouwen writes to his father six months after his mother’s death—ponders the journey of bereavement itself.


Quote of the Week

Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and healthful to the body.

~Proverbs 16: 24~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Rita of Cascia

Geology and Archaeology

How prehistoric bee proved lifeline to the past

A prehistoric bee that lived at least 25 million years ago before drowning in a blob of sticky tree resin has provided scientists with proof that the “dead” can be brought back to life.

Inside the gut of the bee lived bacteria which helped the insect to digest its food. It is the spores of these bacteria that scientists have been able to revive in a series of startling experiments demonstrating that truth is stranger than fiction, even the fiction of Jurassic Park.


World Climate Issues

Bees & Climate Change

Climate change could be affecting pollination by disrupting the synchronized timing of flower opening and bee emergence from hibernation, suggests new US-based research. Declining numbers of bees and other pollinators have been causing growing concern in recent years, as scientists fear that decreased pollination could have major impacts on world food supplies.


Global Weather

Record breaking heat for India & Thailand

On May 19th a weather site in Phalodi, Rajasthan registered a 51.0°C (123.8°F) temperature, the highest temperature ever measured in India. The previous record was an unofficial 50.6°C (123.1°F) at Pachpadra, Rajasthan on May 25, 1886.

66 of Thailand’s 120 weather sites measured their hottest temperature on record during the brief period of April 10-May 22, this year.



Sustainable Bee Keeping Courses to Start–UK

This course will teach you fascinating new ways to keep and care for bees in a more sustainable way. This course is perfect for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike and has plenty of practical experience in the Humble by Nature apiary. It is run by Monmouth-based international charity, Bees for Development.


God’s Green Earth

The Queen Bee

Farm News

Bee Friendly Farming

Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) is a program that provides guidelines for farmers and growers interested in promoting pollinator health on their lands​.​ Bee Friendly Farming is an online, self-certification program​ created by Kathy Kellison and other experts (Sam Droege, Mace Vaughn, Dennis vanEnglesdorp, Marla Spivak, Randy Oliver, Robbin Thorp, Karen Strickler, Gerry Miller, Jeff Anderson, Phil Giles, and Gene Brandi​). Bee Friendly Farming was also known as Partners for Sustainable Pollination (PFSP) and has now merged with Pollinator Partnership. The two organizations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2013 to create the BFF-S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment) partnership. This was a great step forward for the BFF program as those who enroll in the S.H.A.R.E. program will also now be made aware of the option of further recognition through certification as a Bee Friendly Farm or Garden.


Steward Alerts

Fortnight for Freedom Begins June 21

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is falls upon the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More.


Steward Activities

You Can Help SAVE Pollinators

Pollinators are in trouble. These important wildlife move from plant to plant while searching for protein-rich pollen or high-energy nectar to eat. As they go, they are dusted by pollen and move it to the next flower, fertilizing the plant and allowing it to reproduce and form seeds, berries, fruits and other plant foods that form the foundation of the food chain for other species—including humans.


A Song Before the Lord

Creation Sings the Father’s Song


New survey shows bee colonies were decimated

Beekeepers in the U.S. lost nearly half of their honey bee colonies between April 2015 and April 2016, according to the preliminary results of a survey. In a blog post earlier this week, the Bee Informed Partnership said that rates of loss in both winter and summer had worsened compared to the year before. Beekeepers lost 44 percent of their colonies, it said.

“We’re now in the second year of high rates of summer loss, which is cause for serious concern,” Dennis vanEngelsdorp, project director for the Bee Informed Partnership, said in a statement.



Designing a Bee Friendly Garden

Inviting an array of bees into your own backyard is simple when you plant their favorite flowers. By providing nectar and pollen as food and creating shelters in your garden space, you will create new habitat for bees, which is important, as their natural habitats become less and less abundant.


Wellness & Nutrition

Honey in the Bible

The Bible throughout gives mention of honey as well as bees. let’s explore the Bible and its quotations that give mention to honey and bees. Honey and bees are frequently mentioned throughout the Bible. It has been referred to as a wholesome food, a helpful kind of medicine in treatment of the ill, an ingredient of delicious beverage, an appropriate gift, as well as a valued possession for mankind. There is little evidence that the Hebrews actually cultivated bees, however, they were known to used wild honey in profusion. “Wild” honey is often mentioned; whether this was meant as a contrast to domesticated honey, it’s difficult to know. The Hebrew Bible gives indication that “Jews” were solicitous about their honey supply,as indicated in the Talmud (Hebrew Bible) (B. Batra 18, A) where a warning is given never to let mustard plants grow near bees nests because bees are fond of these flowers which, however, burn their throats, and they then consume a greater quantity of honey.



The Butterfly Nebula

The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust.

Sure to Make You Smile

What did the Daddy bee say to the little naughty bee?

Bee-hive yourself!


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