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Pollinator Party to introduce citizens to area bees, butterflies

Jun 15, 2014 - From staff reports

The University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute will host a Pollinator Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Sawmill Campground in Sinks Canyon State Park. The event will introduce Lander citizens and visitors to the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that pollinate vegetable gardens, flowering trees and prairies.

These parties are free, open to the public, hands-on and interactive, and allow children and adults to catch insects, identify the species, watch what plants they visit, and learn how to attract them to their yard.

The Pollinator Party is part of Pollinator Awareness Week, a national event geared toward increasing the visibility and appreciation of pollinators, held June 16 to June 22. Gov. Matt Mead has officially declared the week as such in Wyoming.

Pollinators are a group of organisms that are critical to the process of plant reproduction, fruit and vegetable production, and in many cases agricultural success.

However, populations of a variety of pollinators are in decline, for many reasons known and unknown. Fortunately, this is a problem Wyoming citizens can help alleviate in their yards and towns.

Party participants will learn what types of pollinators exist in Lander, and how to provide food and shelter for them in their yards. There is also opportunity for participants to engage in citizen science activities by learning how to identify pollinator species and submitting sightings of pollinators to an online database. The database collects all observation information and fills in information gaps that are critical to the understanding of pollinators in Wyoming.

For more information, contact Brenna Marsicek at brenna.

marsicek@uwyo.edu or 766-6240.

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