Most pollinators aren’t honey bees, according to experts



ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – “When conversations turn to pollination, honey bees get the bulk of the credit, which is unfortunate because the bulk of our pollinators are not honey bees – they are native insects such as bumblebees, wasps, beetles and flies,” says Ellen Rathbone, an educator and naturalist at Severson Dells Nature Center.

Severson Dells Nature Center is internet hosting a free occasion targeted on the reality about pollinators from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. This free occasion is sponsored by Workplace, Culver’s of Winnebago, and Rock Valley Garden Center.

“We hope to shed light on some of these species, and share with visitors the steps they can take to nurture our native pollinators,” says Rathbone.

“The bulk of our pollinators are usually not honey bees – they’re native bugs similar to bumblebees, wasps, beetles
and flies,” says Ellen Rathbone.(Severson Dells Nature Center)

“Pollinator Palooza” has actions for all ages together with music by David Stocker, images (How to Use Your Cell Phone to Photograph Pollinators with Hans Rupert), a bee resort craft, making native seed bombs, planting a local plant to take dwelling, a narrative stroll, pollinator-themed video games and picture alternatives with pollinator costumes.

Expert audio system may also be in attendance that includes:

  • Angella Moorehouse of the Illinois Nature Preserve Council: Beetles, Flies, Wasps & More – the Unloved Pollinators at 10:30 a.m.
  • Barbara Williams: The Rusty-patched Bumblebee at 12:00 p.m.
  • Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar: The Bees of Nachusa at 1:30 p.m.

There may also be exhibit cubicles about pollinator-friendly vegetation and the way they assist native pollinators thrive.

Exhibitors embody: Wild Ones of Rock River Valley, Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Land Institute, Forest Preserves of Winnebago County-Community Science Programs, 815 Outside, Rock Valley Garden Center, Severson Dells Nature Center, and Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves and Sinnissippi Audubon Society representing the Save Bell Bowl Prairie marketing campaign.

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