We don't often think of ladybugs or ladybird beetles as primary pollinators, but they are! Not only do they pollinate flowers and vegetables, they also eat garden pests such as aphids. Beetles are the largest group of pollinators, so we thought it would be appropriate to give a shout out to hard working beetles this week since bees and butterflies generally take center stage during National Pollinator Week!
Today is a day to really think about our oceans and what they mean to us. This raft of otters is one of the things we are so grateful to see when we visit the ocean in California. Conservation efforts are a major focus of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other organizations that are responsible for increasing populations of ocean fish and mammals, but what can YOU do to help our oceans? It's so simple, and you don't need to spend a dime. If you just stop purchasing or supporting single use plastic, you will be doing a lot to help our oceans. Starting small by refusing a straw at a restaurant, carrying a reusable water bottle and taking your own bags to stores rather than accepting plastic bags will help tremendously. These are easy lifestyle changes to make, they just take a little practice. We know you can do it, so make the pledge today, and the next time you order an iced tea, water or soda at lunch, just say, "no straw please!" It's that easy. Happy World Oceans Day.