In October 2020, we hosted our Second Annual Creepy Crawly Campaign to protect beneficial bugs and other creatures from the scary impacts of pesticides. It was an entirely virtual campaign, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Studies suggest that 40 percent of insect species are in decline, with many facing extinction. Healthy ecosystems and food chains depend on diverse insect populations. While a number of factors are impacting insect declines, pesticides play a key role.
You probably already know that pollinators are in trouble. Systemic pesticides, especially a class called neonicotinoids, have been especially detrimental to bees since their introduction in the 1990s. New findings show that bees aren’t the only crucial insects we should be worried about. Moths, butterflies, beetles, and caddisflies are also at risk.
Many of our supporters got involved with the campaign, in these ways:
1. Two Free Webinar Events
These virtual events taught kids and adults how to use alternatives to pesticides and create healthy habitat for beneficial creatures. More than 80 people attended.
- Friday, October 23 at 1:00 pm: Creating Healthy Habitat for Creepy Crawlies- for an adult audience
- Thursday, October 29 at 3:30 pm: Creepy Crawly Bugs and Crafts- for kids of all ages
2. Online Sweepstakes Raffle
We showcased goods and services from regional businesses that are committed to protecting ecosystem health. Thank you to our supporters who bought nearly 500 tickets in our first ever online sweepstakes, which included some great prizes from local Northwest businesses. We raised $2,400 to support our advocacy work to safeguard pollinators as well as fish and wildlife habitat from the detrimental effects of pesticides.
3. Creepy Crawly Social Media
Thank you to our Creepy Crawly Campaign sponsors!
Volunteer Partners: Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association, Crow Feather Farm