Pollinators—especially bees—play an important role in the production of many seeds, nuts and fruits that humans enjoy. Some people think only of allergies when they think about pollen, but pollination—the transfer of pollen grains to fertilize the seed-producing ovaries of flowers—is essential to plant reproduction.
Many trees, shrubs and wildflowers depend on bees and other animals for pollination. Worldwide concerns about pollinator declines have increased awareness about the importance of pollinators and questions about what individuals can do to help.
To celebrate National Pollinator Week, starting in 2012, members of the MSU Department of Entomology have been hosting an annual Bee Palooza in the MSU Horticulture Gardens.
This year’s event will be June 24 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. at the Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824.
For people of all ages, this is a free, fun and educational event organized by volunteers to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators.
Stations are set up around the gardens and can be visited in any order. On display are demonstration honey bee and bumble bee colonies, examples of wild Michigan bees and how to build bee hotels, plants and gardening practices to support pollinators, as well as how we need pollinators in food production.
Attendees can make clay seed bombs, go on guided pollinator tours, pet a bumble bee, learn about how bee bodies work, and have their face painted with a pollinator!
For more information, visit the Bee Palooza website at [email protected]