Museum & Pollinator Habitats
Pollinator Plus Museum
What better way to raise awareness about the importance of and threats to pollinators, while raising funds to create pollinator habitats and remove invasive plants throughout our area! There will be displays about the role pollinators play, the threats they face, as well as exhibits of fossils, artifacts, and collectibles.
Creating Pollinator Habitat
Man has created sterile wastelands that now threaten the existence of pollinators, which our food supplies are dependent on. This includes the chemically treated mono-culture agricultural areas, the concrete jungles of urban areas, and even the sterile landscapes of the suburbs.
Invasive Plant Control
Non-native plants impact natural spaces in several different ways. Not only do they out-compete and take over, replacing the native species that pollinators and other wildlife depend on for a healthy balanced eco-system, but they often create other problems as well.
This image speaks volumes! Here are three native Milkweed plants growing at the edge of a mowed path. Surrounding them and crowding them out are Amur Honeysuckle bushes. If not removed, Amur Honeysuckle will be the only plant growing beneath the nearby trees, and this is a pattern repeated all over the Midwest. Diversity is one of the keys to life, and Amur Honeysuckle does not play well with others!
Pollinator - Something that transfers pollen from one flower to another, or from one flower part to another flower part so that a seed(s) is produced. Examples include certain species of bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, bats, wasps, flies, and snails. Pollinators are at grave risk due to habitat loss, pesticide use, invasive plants, and other activities of man. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness, educate, create pollinator habitat, remove invasives, and generate funds to accomplish the aforementioned.
Also . . . see albums of wildlife photos taken in this area (plus many more taken at a nature preserve in South Carolina). Many of these albums and images show the potential for observing wildlife in ordinary everyday places when invasive plants are controlled, and habitats are maintained in a natural state (without chemical herbicides). Click here.