pollination celebration!

bee study up closeJoin the Sauvie Island Center as we celebrate these hard working friends of the farm and learn about pollination. Why is it an important part of the food web?  Why does clover honey taste different than wildflower honey? What kinds of insects and animals facilitate the pollination process?  All these questions and more will be answered when you attend Pollination Celebration on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 am to noon at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island.  We’ll end on a sweet note, tasting honey and learning why the flavor is dependent upon on where the bees have been pollinating. A donation of $10 per family is requested to help offset costs associated with the event. Using our looking glasses, we’ll get a closer look at pollen on a variety of plants. We’ll even have the chance to see how bees gather pollen. Register below for the Pollination Celebration.

Pollinator Week 2013Our pollinator curriculum was create in partnership with the Xerxes Society, a non-profit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. With the native hedgerow as our classroom, staff members and volunteers guide students through the lesson on how pollination works and its role on our farm in the world’s food supply.

It has been six years since the US Senate designated a week in June as National Pollinator Week, which marked an important step in addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. To learn more about what is happening, and what you can do, visit the Pollinator Partnership website.

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