Native Bees, Pollinators Focus of Township Saturday Seminar
LOWER FREDERICK PA – Native bees and other pollinators, the work of which gives Pennsylvania its abundance of bright-colored flora and delicious garden crops, took center stage Saturday (June 25, 2022) during a special two-hour outdoor seminar sponsored by the Lower Frederick Parks and Recreation Committee at Cuddy Park on Colonial Drive.
The weather was sunny and decidedly hotter than most of the roughly 35 people who attended are accustomed to during June. The park pavilion provided plenty of shade, though; its meadow and rain garden (above) offered plants to explore and discuss as pollinators of all kinds conducted their routine business, and local organizations distributed supplemental information.
Pollinators, according to the National Park Service, are anything that helps transmit pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part of the same or another flower. Pollination can occur with both wind and water, or be conducted by insects and animals. No matter what the method, the result is usually the same: plants become fertilized, and produce fruits, seeds, and more young plants.
The afternoon’s discussions generally focused on pollinators, their life cycles, and their role in the environment. Adding specific expertise to the discussion was biologist and Senior Master Gardener Sandy Sweeney (at top and above), an acknowledged expert on native bees.
Also participating were Lower Frederick beekeepers DonaLynn and Jeff Irick, who talked about honeybees; representatives of the Southeastern PA Chapter of The Wild Ones, and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (above); members of the township Environmental Advisory Council, and Parks and Recreation Chair Pam Reich.
The Parks and Recreation Committee’s next scheduled event is the township’s second concert in the park, on July 28 (Thursday) beginning at 7 p.m. at Cuddy, featuring a performance by The Mighty Manatees.
Photos by Greg Reich provided by the Lower Frederick Parks and Recreation Committee