Pollinator Resources
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This enchanting 4-minute excerpt from Wings of Life was shown at a 2011 TED conference. Enjoy!

Yes, Bees Need Nectar Plants, AND...

People often think bees just eat nectar and may be surprised to learn that bees need pollen in their diet as well. While nectar provides high energy food like carbohydrates, pollen provides the protein and fat and other nutrients that pollinators need. Providing pollen rich plants in your garden is paramount for healthy pollinators. Find out which plants provide critical early season pollen.
View recommended pollen plants

Native Plants for Butterfly Gardening

In this 2016 blog post by Bruce Newhouse, he explains why native plants and native butterflies are "meant for each other." This excellent article includes lists of host plants, nectar plants, butterfly-plant pairings and more choice gems! 
Learn more!

Pollinator Activities for Kids!

If you have kids at home, you might be looking for activities that are fun, educational, and get your kids moving around. The National Association of Conservation Districts has released an excellent new Pollinator Field Day Curriculum Guide, available to download for free at this link
Your kids can create bee costumes from cardboard boxes (p. 36) to wear while they play pollination games, dissect flowers (p. 40),  and create thaumatropes (optical illusion toys) (p. 50). With additional content like coloring pages and worksheets, your kids will be busy for days!
Get the Guide!
In the Mighty Mason Bee, Bee Buddy mastermind and BSWCD Board Member Jerry Paul leads us on a journey to better understand the importance of pollinators, the special role played by mason bees, and what we can do to support them. 

Upcoming Events

4/6 Virtual Board Meeting
4/8 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar
4/14 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar
4/18 Shonnard's Spring Open House
5/4 Virtual Budget Committee Meeting
5/6 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar

These events and more can be viewed on our calendar.
Read this issue of our newsletter, Horizons, to meeet some "friendly" neighborhood pollinators you might not already know (hover flies! soldier beetles!).
Create pollinator habitat on your land with this Garden Plan for Butterflies by Jenny Brausch!
Visit our Bee Buddies webpage to learn about the fascinating habits of mason bees.
 View all of our pollinator blog posts to learn about native bumble bees, solutions to mason bee problems, and much more!
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