WL Parks to host inaugural Pollinator Week celebration
As a newly recognized Bee City, USA the City of West Linn has pledged to host an annual celebration to demonstrate West Linn's commitment to raising awareness for the need of pollinator conservation. The week of June 17 through 23, 2019 is National Pollinator Week.
Twelve years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week, marking a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. As our part, West Linn Parks and Recreation is hosting activities to educate and highlight the way pollinators positively affect all our lives.
All are invited to attend a kickoff event taking place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. June 17 at
At Mary S. Young Park make a compostable newspaper pot to plant native pollinator species to take home and sample honey from a local beekeeper. Mary S. Young Park is located at 19900 Highway 43.
Also, at Mary S. Young there will be a Bee Buzz garden tour from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 19 to learn more about various species of pollinators, and what can be done to save them from extinction and habitat loss. Talk with staff about the plants used in the garden, learn about keeping a mason bee house and learn about the Xerces Society, a science-based nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.
We will hold a Pollinator Party from 2:30 to 4 p.m. June 20 at the West Linn Adult Community Center where participants can formulate their own blend of pollinator favorites into an herbal tea. Educational materials about planting a tea garden that bees will love will also be available. And take a free Bee Tai Chi class, led by a Parks and Recreation instructor.
The West Linn Adult Community Center is located at 1180 Rosemont Road.
At each event the Xerces Society will provide educational materials including a pollinator plant list for the Pacific Northwest and ways to protect pollinators in urban areas and gardens.
In West Linn you can find pollinator habitat gardens at Cedaroak and Trillium Creek primary schools, Robinwood Station Community Garden, Marylhurst Park and Mary S. Young Park with more pollinator pathways planned. For more information about West Linn's Bee City USA Program, reach out to Parks and Recreation at 503-557-4700. For more information about Bee City USA, visit beecityusa.org and for more information about the Xerces Society, visit xerces.org.
Terri Jones is a recreation coordinator II for West Linn Parks and Recreation.
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