Pollinator Day is all the buzz
Bees, birds, bats and more are all the buzz on Saturday, June 23.
Find out why our planet’s pollinators are worthy of the buzz on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Pollinator Day, an educational celebration of National Pollinator Week at Zoo Atlanta.
Pollinators, which include bees, birds, bats, beetles, butterflies and many terrestrial mammals, are responsible for a vital stage in the life cycles of most flowering plants and account for an estimated 35 percent of the global food supply. Of the more than 4,000 bee species native to North America and Hawaii, one in two are in decline, and one in four are suspected to be approaching extinction as a result of pesticides, pathogens, the introduction of massive crop monocultures and destruction of natural habitats.
Event highlights will include family education stations; opportunities to learn more about the work of beekeepers; a scavenger hunt; sampling of honey from around the Southeast; and a chance to make pollinator-friendly wildflower seed bombs to plant at home. Exclusive Pollinator Day buttons will be available while supplies last, with button proceeds benefiting The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Zoo Atlanta houses four honeybee hives on the living roof of its Conservation Action Resource Center (ARC). Pollinator Day guests will have a chance to view a new mobile bee observation hive for up-close observations of bees from the Zoo’s colonies.
The Zoo’s bee colonies are part of a research partnership with the Georgia Tech Urban Honeybee Project. The honeybees pollinate the flowering plants on Zoo grounds and in the surrounding community while providing scientists with valuable insights into the effect of urbanization on bees. Learn more about the project here.
Zoo Atlanta is also home to the world’s largest pollinator, the critically endangered black-and-white-ruffed lemur. Found only on the island of Madagascar, lemurs are facing widespread destruction of their native rainforest habitats as forests are claimed for slash-and-burn agriculture.
Pollinator Day activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Plan your visit with your own itinerary!