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Pollinators celebrated in 5-hour event at Bear Creek Nature Center June 10

Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor Mary Jo Lewis is seen in a flowery setting that could be attractive to pollinators.
Courtesy of Bear Creek Nature Center
Presentations by the Pikes Peak Beekeepers will be a featured element of the Pollinator Festival at the Bear Creek Nature Center Saturday, June 10.
       The event will be from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
       Activities will also include guided hikes, games, puppet shows, take-home crafts (such as butterfly and hummingbird feeders) and sales of plants that can “help participants create pollinator-friendly habitats in their own backyards,” a press release states.
       Admission is $6 a person (children under 2 are free) or $20 for a family of four.
       Pollinators are creatures that cause plants to make fruit or seeds by moving pollen from one part of the flower to another.
       An example is honeybees, and the Nature Center has an active hive, open to bees from outside. They will be "a highlight" at the festival, according to Mary Jo Lewis, the Nature Center supervisor.
       In addition, she said "we hope to give participants an appreciation for the wide variety of pollinators that share our planet, including birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and wasps."
       Overall,“we're hoping to give people the opportunity to learn about pollinators and have fun doing so," Lewis said. "We want to celebrate the jobs they all do.”
       Event proceeds will go to the nonprofit Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.
       For more information, call 520-6387.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 6/2/17; Outdoors: City/County Parks)

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