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Learn all about bees and other pollinators at the 5th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration

By Debbie Roos
Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for the 5th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm on the Lawn at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC. The purpose of Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops.

The National Academy of Sciences has reported that there is direct evidence of the decline of some pollinator species in North America. And, recently, Colony Collapse Disorder of honey bees has alarmed the agricultural industry.

We have a great program planned for folks of all ages at our local event here in Pittsboro.

Activities for Saturday, May 14 (Final schedule will be posted in late April)

Programs will be on The Lawn at Chatham Mills in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro.

Beekeeping Demo in Bee Cage – Chatham County Beekeeper

Basics of Beekeeping – Chatham County Beekeeper

Pollinator Garden Tour – Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center

Mead Making Demonstration & Tasting - Starrlight Mead

Cooperative Extension's Demonstration Pollinator Garden at Chatham Mills

Beekeeping Demonstration

You can hear presentations about beekeeping – how to get started, equipment needs, management tips – from local beekeepers. Tour Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Garden at Chatham Mills and learn how to attract and protect pollinators. From 10:00 am-2:00 pm, feel free to visit the display tables and talk with local beekeepers!! Watch expert beekeepers work an actual hive inside a bee cage (bees inside, participants outside!), see honey bees up close and personal, and get your burning beekeeping questions answered.

Ever tried honey wine? Co-sponsors Starrlight Mead will be doing a mead tasting and a mead making demonstration. Visitors can also visit the meadery where they produce their award-winning honey wines on the Chatham Mills property.

Visit our kids' tent with lots of activities for kids including a scavenger hunt, plant-a-pollinator-plant, beeswax candle making, face painting, Chatham County pollinator coloring books, and more. Watch “Bee TV” - park yourself in front of an observation hive and watch the worker bees tending to the queen. It’s mesmerizing. Kids get a chance to see bees up close.

Meet our local Chatham County beekeepers and learn all about what it takes to produce the nutritious and delicious local honey available at Chatham Marketplace. We will have beekeeping equipment and products from the hive for “show and tell”.

Visit Chatham Marketplace the week of May 9 to learn which products depend on bees and other insects for pollination (hint: look for the bee signs.).

Pick up some educational literature to further your knowledge about honey bees, beekeeping, pollinators, and pollinator conservation. Learn about the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association and how you can get involved with this fabulously friendly group through monthly meetings and field days and even an email listserv – we welcome members of all skill levels: from never-tried-it (but always wanted to) to beginner to experienced.

Enjoy a pollinator-friendly local lunch at Chatham Marketplace during the program. (Did you know that worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, spices, fiber, and medicine require pollination by animals?)

All Pollinator Week Events are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine. Click here for directions.

This event is hosted by Chatham Marketplace.

For more information about pollinator conservation, visit Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Conservation website at www.protectpollinators.org.

Visit the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association website for more information about local beekeeping. For more information about this event, contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202.

 
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