Butterflies landing on flowers, bees humming in the garden, the wind softly loosening puffs of pollen, and hummingbirds zooming. What they all have in common is that they help pollinate the plants.
On Tuesday evening, June 19, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is celebrating National Pollinator Week by offering a workshop on “Pollinator Gardens.”
From 6-8 p.m., Audubon teacher/naturalist Sarah Hatfield will share some of the incredible ways plants have of moving their pollen and how you can help them. Why help them? Because our food requires pollination — and because some of the native pollinators need our help.
Participants will learn that most species of insects and many other types of animals serve as pollinators. The class will discuss the different types of pollination and the pollinators themselves.
With a focus on the best types of plants to put around your house to make sure that you get all those vital pollinators into your yard, you’ll learn how to build a garden to help your garden.
Participants should dress for the weather, as the class will wander outside to glimpse some evening pollination.
Cost is $10 for Audubon members, $12 for nonmembers, $5 for children 12 and under.
For more information about National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2012, visit www.pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2012.htm.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.
For more information on this and more Audubon opportunities, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org.