University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension hosts Attracting Native Pollinators program

Those attending the Attracting Native Pollinators program in Cody will learn how to determine the kind of habitat pollinatorsneed and how gardeners can provide it, among other topics.

“One-third of the food we eat every day is the result of plant pollination, the movement of male pollen to female flower parts, by bees, butterflies, moths, bats, birds and small animals,” said Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator.

The program is 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the EOC room in the basement of the Park County Courthouse and is free. Pre-registration is not required.

Bobbie Holder, UW horticulturist, and Frost will be speaking. Participants will also learn how to build an Orchard Mason bee nesting box.

“Honeybees are imports from Europe,” said Frost. “North America has more than 4,000 species of native bees, some much more efficient at pollination than honeybees. This program will focus on how to improve native pollinator habitat on your property.”

For more information, contact Frost in Powell at 307-754-8836 or by email at sfrost1@uwyo.edu.