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HOW TO HELP THE POLLINATORS by Erin Castellano, ASC Science Educator

Do you like honey? Do you like blueberries, peaches, oranges, or soybeans? How about almonds? Apples? Do you enjoy wearing cotton-made materials?

Well, chances are, you like pollinators too! 

Pollinators are responsible for helping these different plants create new flowers, fruits, and seeds! Pollinators help us by spreading pollen to our plants so that they may reproduce. When most people think of pollinators, honeybees come to mind. However, did you know that there are other types of pollinators? 

Bees, wasps, bats, birds, butterflies and moths… there are so many different forms of pollinators, and they need our help! 

Pollinators are in a constant struggle against pesticides, deforestation, and pollution. Honeybee numbers, for one, have dropped drastically in recent years due to colony collapse disorder. Check out this New York Times article to learn about one beekeeper’s struggle with his dwindling number of bees.

You may think to yourself, “What can I do to help our pollinators? I don’t have enough time to help save the pollinators all by myself!” 

Here are some easy ways you can help your local pollinators: 

  1. Plant pollinator gardens
  2. Reduce/eliminate the use of pesticides
  3. Provide clean water in a shallow dish for tired bees or butterflies
  4. Do not disturb swarms of bees (read below for more information!)
  5. Support land conservation

Adventure Science Center has recently expanded to the outside of the building with our new Galactic Gardens outdoor learning space that features the Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Amphitheater, a rain garden in front of the Science Center, and a pollinator garden on the rooftop! (We’ve even got plans for a HUGE greenhouse in the future!) Our hopes for the garden expansions is to help our pollinator friends.

A Note on Swarms:
If you see a swarm of bees…. leave them alone! Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed after a new queen bee has emerged. The old queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees to seek a new location for a new hive. Usually a swarm will move from the original location within 24 to 48 hours, therefore, if a beekeeper is not available to collect the bees from a homeowner's property, the bees will normally leave without causing a problem. There’s usually no need to fear a swarm of bees, because they are too full of honey to sting!

- Erin Castellano, ASC Science Educator

Explore pollinators and more at our Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22! More info»

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