Forgive the obvious title. It seems a forgone conclusion to name pollinator programs for the bee. But bees are not the only pollinators, and many of the sexual surrogates for plant reproduction don't buzz at all. Take moths and birds for an example.
If you haven't thought much about this before, I hope you will join us this Saturday at 7:00 pm at Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield, Ohio. Prepare to have your mind blown.
It is my honor to be the keynote for this first (annual) event, so come out and help me kick this thing off right! I have just put the final touches on my program and I am happy to share some new information (at least it was news to me!) I am no neophyte regarding pollinators, so prepare to be edu-tained! We will talk about all kinds of pollinators!
Our native bees hold a special spot in my heart and these work horses haven't been given the credit they deserve. They definitely need an Emmy for "Best Supporting Actor."
Sure honeybees are great, but we have a lot of interesting things with wings getting in on the pollination act.
Moths and butterflies are also pollinators. There is a direct correlation between botanic diversity and pollinator diversity. Don't believe me? Ask Darwin. He suggested the basis of this a very long time ago.
So why all the interest in pollinators? You might have heard of a little thing called Colony Collapse Disorder. This is has had a major impact on bees, bee-keepers and farmers all across the country. But it is not only the Honeybees that are having a rough time of it.
Come on out and will discuss some very cool local pollinators and learn more about their preservation and protection.
Love to mulch your landscape with wood chips? We'll discuss why that could be bad news for your bees.
Hope to see you there!