Join us for Bumblebee Jamboree!
Join Us for
our Fourth Annual
Celebrating National Pollinator Week
Saturday, June 13, 2015
11 am - 3 pm
Maymont, Children's Farm area
(use Spottswood Entrance)
Fun for the whole family!
For kids: Storytelling, Puppet show, Children's Crafts area, See Inside a Bee Hive, Dance Like a Bee, Visit the Butterfly Tent!
For adults: Displays on Pollinators, Tips for your Garden, Plant Suggestions, Food & Beverage Samples, Butterfly Garden Tours!
AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!!
The next time you...
- sip a cup of coffee
- indulge in a bar of chocolate
- or enjoy a piece of pie
Thank a pollinator!!
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. Over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind rely on animal pollinators.
Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, bananas, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, and almonds. (Imagine a world without some of these things!)
In the United States, pollination by honeybees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually!
However, pollinator populations are on the decline.
Exotic parasites, disease, pesticide use and misuse, and decreasing habitat may all be playing a role in pollinator decline.
But YOU can help pollinators – right in your own backyard!
See the suggestions below and check out our additional pollinator resources.
Here are some simple steps you can take in your yard to create habitat and help pollinators survive and thrive!
- Plant a pollinator garden. Pollinator gardening is fun. Check out: http://www.kidsgardening.com/growingideas/projects/jan03/pg1.html. This website offers gardening instructions along with educational and curriculum resources.
- Reduce chemical misuse. Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce damage to your plants and to protect pollinators by using less chemicals. You could intersperse food plants, like tomatoes, with inedible plants like marigolds. Marigolds are known to attract pest insects away from food plants. Learn more about IPM and gardening at: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Documents/IPMpol.pdf
- Reduce your area of lawn grass. Grass lawns offer little food or shelter for most wildlife, including pollinators. You can replace grass with a wild meadow or prairie plants. For a neater look, make a perennial border with native plants. Plants native to your area are adapted to your soil type, climate, precipitation, and local pollinators! You can get a list of plants native to your area at: http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/nativeplants.cfm
- Provide water. All wildlife, including pollinators, need water. Some butterfly species sip water from muddy puddles to quench their thirst and get important minerals. You can provide water in a birdbath or even a shallow dish placed on the ground.
For information about pollinators and to learn about other fun activities, please contact:
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign