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Protect Our Pollinators

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bee and butterfly on purple flowers

What is a Pollinator?
A pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma). This movement of pollen must occur for plants to become fertilized and produce fruits, seeds, and young plants. Wind, water, bees, moths, butterflies, birds, flies, and even birds and bats can be pollinators!

Why do we need Pollinators?
Pollinators provide one out of every three bites of food we eat including fruits, vegetables and seeds. Pollinators also support the food and habitats of other animals as well as help maintain a healthy ecosystem.

How can we Protect our Pollinators?
Plant a Pollinator Garden
mixed flower garden

Create a Bee Bath – use a birdbath or shallow pot filled with rocks and water

shallow pot with rocks and water

Protect Pollinators from Pesticides
honey bee in hazmat suit and respirator

Build Homes for Native Bees

variety of bee houses

Support Local Beekeepers – Burke County Beekeepers Association
beekeeper collecting a swarm of honeybees

Kids Corner  clipart of honey bee

Did you know that one out of every three bits of food we take is thanks to a pollinator? Yep, my friends, it’s true. That buzzing of bees on your tomatoes, cukes, and beans means that you are going to have some tasty veggies and fruit in the near future. Thanks bees!

Let’s Do It!

  1. Watch the Pollination video.

  2. Go out into your garden or take a walk.

  3. Do you see any pollinators? What are they doing? Can you see them drinking nectar or collecting pollen?

  4. Missed our pollinator checklist? Print this and see how many you can find!

Let’s Talk about It!

  1. Why is pollination so important?

  2. What can you do to help steward our pollinators?

Round and Waggle Dance

Download and print Bee Pollen Popular activity book for fun activities and information about pollinators!