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March, the month of the pollinator that doesn’t fly!

March, the month of the pollinator that doesn’t fly!

Ants, (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)  a quiet pollinator with many roles. Pollination by an ant is called myrmecophily, while seed dispersal by ants is called myrmecochory.  Is the ant’s journey one of an unaware “pollinator” who gathers and deposits pollen as she wanders...

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January: Hoverflies and Yarrow

January: Hoverflies and Yarrow

Hoverflies (also called flowerflies or syrphidflies) The cover photo is of a Toxomerus marginatus, or Margined Calligrapher taken by Elkins Park resident and FHSP Board member, Bennett Povlow.  It is a common species throughout North America. Fun facts:  Hoverflies...

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December: The Red Admiral Butterfly

December: The Red Admiral Butterfly

THE YEAR OF THE POLLINATOR: THE MONTH OF DECEMBER  December features the Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) and its favorite flower Echinacea (echinacea purpurea) Birds and insects are pollinators; more than 80 percent of land plants are pollinated by animals...

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November : “Bumble Bees & Goldenrod”

November : “Bumble Bees & Goldenrod”

This month we highlight our native bumble bees and goldenrod.  Goldenrod is just one of the native flowers that bumble bees visit.  Since it is a late summer blooming plant, it allows these pollinators to forage well into autumn when other flowers have stopped...

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Bird Walks with Judith Gratz

Bird Walks with Judith Gratz

Join Judith as she takes you through High School Park, for an early morning walk listening for and identifying birds who live here year round and those who are just passing through!  All walks are on the third Saturday of each month through June 2024.   Sponsored by...

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October & Honey Bees

October & Honey Bees

October- European Honey Bees, Apis mellifera (also called western honey bee) Fun facts:  To make a pound of honey, a bee colony needs to visit 2 million flowers. Honey bees live in their hives throughout the winter, vibrating to stay warm. Female honey bees, called...

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The Year of the Pollinator – “September”

The Year of the Pollinator – “September”

September- Pollination 101 Friends of High School Park is kicking off a year of programming and celebration of our native pollinators.  Beginning in October, we will offer educational workshops, photos, fun facts, links to additional sites and conservation tips...

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