I was honored to represent Greenwise at last night’s Evanston City Council meeting. We were there as part of the Natural Habitat Evanston group to receive an official proclamation from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, designating March 14, 2016 as Monarch Butterfly Day in Evanston.
It also happened to be “Pi Day” (3/14/16, get it?) which I thought at first was just a happy coincidence because Ann Louise Hawk of First Slice Pie Cafe brought pies to the meeting.
Pictured: Mayor Tisdahl stands with members of the Natural Habitat Evanston initiative. (From left: Leslie Shad, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Greenwise’s Michael Kormanik, Sue Carlson and Wendy Pollock.)
But as I ate a delicious slice of Michigan Sour Cherry pie, I realized how interconnected the world is. Because without the butterflies, there would be no pie.
Pollinators such as bees, birds and butterflies affect 35 percent of the world’s crop production, increasing the output of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide, finds a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
“There’s a widely stated phrase in agriculture that you can thank a pollinator for one out of three bites of food you eat,” said Claire Kremen, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and co-author of this new study.
In other words, if you like eating pie (and pretty much all other food) you’d better start protecting the butterflies.
Fortunately, creating a natural wildlife habitat to help pollinators flourish is simple.
Learn more here: Monarch Butterfly Day Evanston
Or join us at Natural Habitat Evanston
Have a Happy Monarch Butterfly Day.
(And enjoy your pie!)