Join us for Bumblebee Jamboree!
Save the date!
Saturday, June 17th, 2017
A free family event buzzing with fun!
Check out some of the Activities from 2016:
- Get up close and personal to pollinators at the Virginia Butterfly safari tents
- Play the pollinator game and help birds, bees and bats find their flower
- Dance with Buzzy the Bumblebee in the Pollinator Parade
- Pot up your own flower at Flower Power
- Enjoy pollinator related crafts
- Check out VCU’s Bug Lab table and touch real live insects!
- Be a worker bee and build your own hive with Tricycle Gardens
- Deliver pollen relay race with Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
- Pollinator themed puppet shows from Fischer Sundae Puppets
- Learn the science behind pollination with WCVE Science Matters
- See inside a bumblebee and honey bee hive with Rockwood Beekeepers
- Read & listen to pollinator adventures and stories with Chesterfield County Libraries
- Meet Virginia Native plants that pollinators love from Boulevard Flower Gardens
- Pick up a free tree from Bartlett
- And a whole lot more!
5 Pollinators Facts: Who are pollinators and why are they important?
- Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated in order to produce the goods on which we depend.
- Most people know bees are pollinators, but wasps, butterflies, moths, ants, beetles, flies, midges, mosquitos and some slugs do their part. Also mammals including many birds and bats do their part as well.
- 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 all play a role in pollinator decline. But YOU can help pollinators – right in your own backyard!
5 Pollinator Tips: What can I do to help Pollinators in my area?
- Reduce chemical misuse. If you have an issue in your landscape, such as a plant not thriving or nuisance insect problem, call your local extension office for free research based advice. Your local extension office can help you solve common issues, insects and diseases using Integrated Pest Management and save you time and money. Remember – always read and follow label directions before using a pesticide, just like you would with prescription medicine.
- 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. Native plants are adapted to your soil type, climate, precipitation, and local pollinators! They are beautiful too! Check out Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Virginia Native Plant finder online to search for native plants by the type of pollinator you would like to attract. This tool lets you also search for the perfect plant according to your site’s characteristics and by your ideal size that you would like it to occupy.
- 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.
- Create a pollinator habitat with your family: 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.
For information about pollinators and to learn about other fun activities, please check out our additional pollinator resources.