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“Pollinators: The Little Ones That Run the World”

 

Valley of the Moon Garden Club presents in-person lecture

By Bonnie Brown

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club will present a visual narrative entitled “Pollinators: The Little Ones That Run the World” at its Thursday, Oct. 7 meeting at 7 p.m. at Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church, 252 W. Spain St. in Sonoma.

One-third of the food people eat is made possible by small insects that carry pollen from one flower to another. If flowers do not receive pollen, the result is that fruit, nuts, grains, and vegetables cannot grow. In addition to the human diet, fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25% of all birds, and of mammals ranging from small herbivores to grizzly bears.

Pollinators, not just honey bees, are necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than twothirds of the world’s crop species. The United States alone grows more than 100 crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S.

At the event, the garden managers of the Monarch Pollinator Garden in Sonoma will show how everyone can help these essential creatures to thrive, with beautiful visuals of the garden and pollinators. Their mission is to create a swath of healthy pollinator gardens and landscaping throughout Sonoma Valley.

The meeting is in a large building with spacing between chairs. Masks are required; one can be provided if forgotten. The meet-and-greet is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. A plant raffle will follow the meeting. Entry is free for VOM Garden Club members and $5 for the public. The club is 150 members strong and active in the community. Entry fee goes toward a membership if desired.

Sources: www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation

Questions: contact: [email protected] gmail.com

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