Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pollinator Workshop

Penny speaking at the Pollinator Workshop at
River Bend Nature Center
We had a pretty good group for the Pollinator Workshop at River Bend Nature Center tonight.

We even had a couple of young people. One was working on an entomology project for Camp Fire. His proud mom told me he had won a prize in River Bend's photography competition for his photo of a parasitid wasp larvae in a caterpillar.  How cool is that?

Just a summary of a few of the main points of what we can do to help the pollinators.  I realize some of the points may not be clear without the background information in the presentation. All I can say it, "You should have been there!" Seriously...if you have questions, feel free to contact me off line at green.wichitafalls@gmail.com.

As individuals, we can:

  • Plant a pollinator friendly yard
    • Plant natives
    • Put in plants pollinators like
    • Plant varied types of flowers with varying flowering periods
    • Accept some losses
  • Provide nesting areas
  • Don't use (or use sparingly) poisons in your yard
  • Buy organic when possible
  • Use Save the Night practices
  • Advocate
As a citizen, we can help our community be more pollinator friendly by:
  • Being a smart consumer (money talks)
  • Encourage native plants at our workplaces and community areas (medians, for example)
  • Educate
  • Advocate

Good questions and discussion following.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jeff Corwin to be at MSU

Some may be interested in attending the MSU Artist-Lecture Series program on Thursday, October 2. Jeff Corwin will be the speaker. Tickets are free for students and faculty. $20 for the public. Tickets will be available 2 weeks before the program.