Virtual POP Club: Pollinators pt 2 – Bees
This week we’re learning all about pollinators with a focus on bees!
The hardworking honey bee is very important in Agriculture, as a pollinator they help ensure many fruits and vegetables produce what we eat as food! Did you know bees are disappearing??? This could cause a lot of problem for us humans.
What can we all do to help?
It is Spring and you may notice plants starting to bud in your garden and local parks, it’s very important to leave those flowers alone. Pollinators are very hungry come Spring and need all the nectar they can find. This week take an adventure and see if you can find some dandelions, make sure to leave the yellow flowers but pick just a few of the young leaves as we’ll be using them to make a tasty smoothie. (Make sure to pick dandelions from a nature area that you know has not been sprayed with anything. Try areas like a local community garden or your own backyard.)
Another thing you could do is head to your local nursery and grab some flower seeds or seedlings and plant them around your home in your garden or in pots on your deck. More flowers, equals more food which helps pollinators grow in population.
Did you know?
A Bee can beat its wings 200 times per second!
- Bees are able to produce 2 to 3 more times honey than they need which is lucky for us humans as we get to enjoy the nectar (honey) of all their hard work
- They are great dancers, they perform a series of dance moves to communicate with their fellow bees
- There are 3 types of honeybees!
- The Queen – The queen’s job is to lay the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees
- Workers – (Female Bees) Their role is to look for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean and circulate air by beating their wings. Workers are the only bees most people ever see flying around outside the hive.
- Drones – (Male Bees) Their purpose is to mate with the new queen.
Activities this week include:
Click below to print or download activities
Dandelion Greens Smoothie (below)
Pollinators Nature Walk – Search and Find (below)
If you have completed your POP Club challenges make sure to drop them off at the Info Booth or tag us on Instagram with a picture and you will be entered to win our winter Pop club Prize!