|Thank a Pollinator Today|
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Guided walk through the 'Butterfly Habitat' with a stop at the Native Plant Nursery and Demonstration gardens for pollinator appreciation ideas to bring home. This walk is suitable for all ages. In addition to butterflies, we will look for bees, moths, hummingbirds and any other sipper of fine nectar or pollen collector. When the walk is over, enjoy a snack made possible by pollinators!
Program fee is $1, limit 20 people.
For more information on the importance of pollinators and activities you can do at home, visit http://www.pollinator.org/. This is a Pollination Week 2009 event. Check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/user/PollinatorPartnershi .
Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a daycamp, but a community resource open to the public, Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm. It is funded through grants, donations, membership, volunteers and program fees. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Visit online at http://www.campbayou.org/.
Why should we thank a pollinator?
Pollination is vital to our survival and the existence of nearly all ecosystems on earth. 80% of the world's crop plants depend on pollination. Pollinators, almost all of which are insects, are indispensable partners for an estimated 1 out of every 3 mouthfuls of food, spices and condiments we eat, and the beverages we drink. They are essential to the fibers we use, the medicines that keep us healthy, and more than half of the world's diet of fats and oils. Insect pollinators, including honey bees, pollinate products amounting to $20 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
Photo credit: Dolly Cummings
Pictured: Bumblebee collecting pollen