SWEET TOOTH SCIENCE
Youth learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators with Nature Kids BC.
atureKids BC is launching a new citizen science project for kids and their families.
Pollinators are animals (birds and bats) or insects (beetles, wasps, moths, butterflies and bees) that distribute pollen from one flower to another as they forage, and a a result allow for the fertilization of the plants.
They are a key component of global biodiversity because they play a vital role in maintaining both wild ecosystems and plants that produce food (ie fruits, nuts and seeds) that wildlife and humans rely on to survive. At least two-thirds of the world’s crops depend on pollination by insects or animals.
World-wide, pollinator populations are declining with parallel declines in the plants that rely on them for pollination. Both wild and domesticated pollinators are suffering from a range of threats including diseases, pesticide exposure, malnutrition, habitat loss and climate change. In the US, beekeepers have lost 30% of their colonies each year since 2006.
Read more about the importance of pollinators and download everything you need to get started on your own program here.
NatureKids BC is a registered charity that helps children aged 5-12 get outdoors to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature through an award-winning network of family nature clubs across British Columbia and through opportunities to engage in citizen science initiatives and environmental stewardship activities.
We have family nature clubs in 30+ communities in BC, including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey/White Rock, Delta, Langley, Chilliwack, Victoria, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley, Comox, Vernon, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Merritt, Penticton, Kelowna, South Peace, Nass Valley, Williams Lake and Nelson.
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