Please Create a Series of Native Bee Stamps
Native Bees are often overlooked, but are essential pollinators of our native flora and much of our food supply. There are over 4,000 known species of native bees in the U.S., including orchard mason bees, leafcutter bees, digger bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, polyester bees, and carpenter bees.
Since native bees evolved and adapted alongside the plants that are native to this continent, without them many of our ecosystems could not be sustainable. Some bees can only pollinate very specific plants. For example, tiny bees pollinate very small flowers, while large bees pollinate much bigger flowers. The plants are then able to make seeds, which creates food for birds and small mammals, while also continuing the plant's life cycle. But if we lose one species of bee, we could lose the plant that it pollinates, too.
Some species of native bees are in a state of decline, especially some of our bumble bees - and at least one is now thought to be extinct. Native bees aren't well managed like honey bees, so little information exists on their status. Showcasing these beautiful bees in a nationwide campaign will help raise awareness of the importance of not just honeybees, but our native bees as well.
The USPS has recently created an ongoing series of butterfly stamps. Let's ask them to continue to celebrate our native pollinators by recognizing the humble and gentle native bees. The last time they featured a bee on a stamp was in 2007, with the Pollination stamp series.
(Please note: The pictures shown above aren't proposals for stamp designs or featured species. They're simply a collection of photos I've taken and shared to show diversity of some of our native bees.)
The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee receives thousands of proposals a year for new stamps, and only about 25 of those are chosen to become new stamps.
You can help to make sure your voice on this issue is heard by sending a letter (you can use parts of this petition in your letter or the sample letter below) to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Rm 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501
I will also print out the letter to send, as well as the signatures and a link to the petition. But the more letters they receive, the better our chances will be!
Thanks for signing and supporting the native bees of the United States!
developer of the new "Protect Pollinators" license plates in Virginia
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