Did you know that honey bees pollinate approximately $10 billion worth of crops in the United States each year? Only 15 percent are pollinated by domestic bees, while at least 80 percent are pollinated by wild bees and other wildlife. Without pollinators like bees, we would have to live in a world without flowers or fruit. To help with declining pollinator populations, people today are being asked to develop pollinator gardens, which provide for a variety of plants that benefit a diversity of pollinators including bees, butterflies, bats, various birds and insects.
New landscaping around the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor Center has created space for a new pollinator garden, and Refuge staff could use some help in developing it. The pollinator garden will be planted with native plants that provide habitat for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. This garden should make a great addition and add to the natural setting around the Visitor Center.
To accomplish this task, the refuge needs your help. The planting will take place on Saturday, May 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help plant needs only to bring gloves, as all necessary tools will be provided. The plants have been provided by the Friends of Swan Lake NWR, and the Friends will also provide refreshments for those who show up to help. Please call the Refuge at 660-856-3323, ext. 13 if you have any questions about this project.
The Swan Lake refuge is located a mile south of Sumner and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which has the mission of working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.