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Celebrate Earth Day and ‘bee’ a part of the pollinator solution

April 12, 2016 12:57 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Get the buzz on pollinator parks and celebrate Earth Day at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Saturday, April 16, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by The City of Red Deer and Waskasoo Environmental Education Society (WEES), the event is fun for the whole family and features pollinator activities with ecological design expert Cynthia Pohl, a short talk on pollinator gardens, workshops on green cleaning as well as earth-friendly arts and crafts for the kids.

“This year, we’re focusing on the importance of living in harmony with pollinators at our Earth Day celebrations,” said Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist. “This is an important topic with the number of pollinators declining across the world. We want to encourage residents to not only understand the role that bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem, but also how they can help them thrive in their own backyard.”

The City celebrates Earth Day for its connection to ecology, which is an area of focus in The City’s Environmental Master Plan with a goal of protecting and enhancing the health of our natural system.

The most famous pollinator is the honeybee, but there are several native species of bees, wasps, beetles, flies, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds that are busy pollinating our flowers and vegetable gardens each year.

The City is working to preserve and enhance pollinator habitats in four city parks including City Hall Park, Snell Gardens, Maskepetoon Park and Bower Ponds. In these parks, changes have been made to make the parks more inviting for pollinators including leaving the grass a little longer, using ecologically sensitive methods to remove weeds and planting pollinator-friendly flowers.

Red Deer will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday; however, the official Earth Day­­ takes place on April 22 and involves the participation of more than one billion people in over 170 countries. This is the fifth year that The City has partnered with WEES to celebrate Earth Day at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, located at 6300 45 Avenue. The Medicine River Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will be on hand as well providing wildlife awareness.

The public is encouraged to consider an environmentally-friendly means of transportation to the event such as walking, biking, skateboarding or rollerblading. Admission is by donation to the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society. Visit reddeer.ca/earthday for full event details.

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Maris
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer

Kathryn Huedepohl
Special Events Coordinator & Public Programmer
Waskasoo Environmental Education Society
403-346-2010 ext. 111

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