Join us for Pollinator Day!
How much do you know about bees? Bees are incredibly important to the planet, much more so than most people realize. By bees doing what they do best, flying around, spreading pollen and fertilizing plants, they provide 35 percent of the food we eat. So, if all the bees suddenly disappeared, we humans would experience a serious impact on the global food supply.
We think it’s a good idea to keep bees around, and the best way to do that is to learn more about them – and not just bees – all the pollinators out there! About 75 percent of the plants on this planet rely on an animals to transfer pollen and reproduce, and we want to keep those plants around too. So, come learn about pollinators with us on Pollinator Day this Saturday, June 23!
We’re excited about the new Bee Observation Hive our Education Team now has that to teach you about the bees that live on the living roof of our Conservation Action Resource Center (the ARC), and you’ll be able to safely see the bees up close at the Zoo this Saturday. You can also learn more about beekeeping from our resident bee expert and see some of the equipment beekeepers use, and if you like honey, you can sample a variety of honey from around the world (which they say is great for helping out with your allergies).
To help out your local pollinators, you can build some seed bombs to take home with you too. These seed bombs, which aren’t dangerous (made out of clay and seeds – don’t worry), can be tossed in your garden or somewhere around your home and will grow local wildflowers for all your local pollinators. You will also be able to participate in a few activities to learn how important pollinators truly are, and you can join us in a pollinator-themed scavenger hunt.
If you’d like to help pollinators even further, you can purchase a Pollinator Day button for $3 to show your support, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
We hope to see you this Saturday, and we hope you have a wonderful time learning about the very important, but unfortunately often forgotten, pollinators!