Every Friday we feature a new site for our Blog of the Week. This week Athena Anderson of Pollinators.Info shares her passion for honey bees and other pollinators that need our help. Here’s what she has to say:
1. What’s the inspiration behind your blog?
I’ve been really surprised to learn how little most people know about pollinators as a group. When I tell people that I’m studying bees for my Ph.D., they assume I mean honey bees. Many are surprised to learn of the thousands of other bee species that pollinate our crops and wild plants. Every third bite of food we eat is made possible by bees, but it’s not always honey bees that make things happen. Like coffee? It’s pollinated by bees, but honey bees won’t do the job. In addition, I think most people don’t realize how important other groups of pollinating animals are for keeping our food supply diverse and our ecosystems reproducing. Anyone like chocolate? It’s pollinated by flies. How about figs? Wasps make those possible. Most wild flowering plants need an animal pollinator in order to reproduce. These are just a few examples of the beautiful and diverse world of animal pollinators, which I hope folks will enjoy learning about on the blog.
2. How long has your blog been around?
I launched the blog on May 13, 2011- so it’s still very young!
3. What’s your favorite backyard activity?
Here’s a surprise- gardening and watching wildlife! I love to just sit in nature, hear the wind in the trees, smell the flowers or a coming storm. I’ve been a naturalist since I could walk!
4. What’s one quirky thing about yourself we can share with our readers?
Just ONE quirk (hah, hah)? I’m writing a post-apocalyptic adventure novel!
5. What’s one of your favorite or most popular blog posts and why?
I did a weird little post about the comedian Eddie Izzard doing an impression of the honey bee communication dance that consistently gets traffic. I don’t know how people find it, because I don’t see it when I do a Google search. But, no complaints here! It’s a weird post because it’s only a few lines of text in which I tell people to visit Bug Girl’s blog to see the clip from Izzard’s show. I found the clip on her blog and I wanted to share some “link love” by directing my visitors to her post on it. Anyway, the clip is hilarious.