Why Care About Pollinators?
The value of pollinators to our environment is incalculable. Pollinators visit flowers in search of pollen and/or nectar, and in the process, the pollen grains often stick to their bodies and are carried from flower to flower. In this way, they facilitate the process we call pollination. Without pollination, seed and fruit production in animal-pollinated plants cannot be successful, not only for our food crops but for wildlife diets too.
Humans depend on pollinators for our wellbeing. An estimated 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat each day result from the work of pollinators. To put this into perspective, apples, blueberries, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, watermelons, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, raspberries and other important crops grown in North Carolina are dependent on pollinators to produce the food we have come to enjoy.
So what can you do for Pollinators?
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County Agriculture & Natural Resources agent, Bryan Hartman, is partnering with the City of King Parks and Recreation Department, to offer Green Tuesday at the Park.
June 2, 2020’s topic will be Creating a Pollinator Paradise. Learn how to create a garden or landscape that will benefit pollinators of many species of butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, beetles, birds, bats, and other animals that contribute to pollination.
There is no charge for the online class but registration is required!