Bees + Brews!

Let’s make bee hotels, drink beer, and learn about our pollinator friends!

Each ticket is $25/ person and includes:

  • 1 free beer
  • All materials to make 1 bee hotel

 

Special notes: Pre- registration is required, this is a 21+ event, space is limited, no prior skills are required to attend this event 

 

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Pop Up! Pollinator Plant Giveaway

We at Keep Durham Beautiful are all about supporting pollinators and want you to get in on the action!

Join us for a Pop Up Pollinator Plant Giveaway!

Ever consider planting for pollinators and learning more about the special little bug, bird and critter friends who are so very vital to us?

We have just the giveaway for you! A starter pack of our top 5 favorite native pollinator plants to get your garden off to a fantastic start!

This is a no cost event.

We will be distributing at South Durham Farmers Market – Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 North Carolina 55, Durham, NC 27713 from 8AM- 10AM and from Durham Green Flea Market- 1600 E Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27703 from 10:30AM- 12PM.

Come and find out why pollinators are all the buzz and what you can do to help!

Durham Pollinator Garden Tour

"Pollenteers" of all ages are invited to come out and celebrate National Pollinator Week with us! Take a tour of Durham's finest pollinator gardens, engage in fun pollinator-related activities and learn why birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs alike are so vital to us! The Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program has 13 participating community gardens, stop into as many you like or all of them. Check out the event website for more info about tickets and volunteer opportunities: Durham Pollinator Garden Tour 

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Networking Social

Established Pollinator Garden Grant recipients and newly awarded Pollinator Garden Grant recipients are invited to come mix and mingle! Here we will learn about each others community gardens and how best to care for your already or soon to be installed pollinator gardens! 

Pollinator Garden Grant Recipients Announced!

Today is the big day! Keep Durham Beautiful will announce the winners of our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Grant! Stay Tuned! 

Deadline for Pollinator Garden Grant Applications

Today is the last day to submit an application for the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden. Make sure to have all completed applications submitted. 

Food Day and Pollinators

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We support Food Day held on October 24th because it helps to raise awareness on our current food system and promotes healthier diets. When I think of a healthy diet, I think of scrumptious vegetables and sweet juicy fruits along with sustainable farming practices. Sustainable farming practices take into account environmental preservation and limit the use of pesticides, which pollute the environment and are responsible for the decline in pollinator populations.

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Pollinators play an integral role in our food system and we can thank them because they help provide 1 out of 3 bites of food we consume each day. In the US more than 150 crops are dependent on pollinators; this includes most fruits and grain crops.

Flowers have evolved an ingenious way to reproduce by attracting pollinators to carry their pollen. Pollinators are attracted to flowers due to their scent, vivid colors, or their sweet nectar. Once the pollinator lands on one flower it gets covered in pollen and then carries it to the next flower to pollinate it. After the flower has been pollinated fruits containing seeds are formed, these fruits will be picked by farmers and end up in our markets where you and I will enjoy them.

So, on Food Day, let’s eat healthier and support sustainable practices in our food system, for pollinators’ sake!

 

To learn more about pollinators:

http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/programs/healthybeehealthyme/

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Pollinator Week Event – Get Wild! Bugs and Bees at Horton Grove Nature Preserve

10 AM-11:30 AM Get Wild! Bugs and Bees at Horton Grove Nature Preserve, join Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) as we hunt for bugs, bees, and other pollinators. We’ll search the grasslands, stream banks, and forest floors for an up close look at the many types of beetles, butterflies, ants, and millipedes which call Horton Grove Nature Preserve home. We will learn some of the important ways insects help our environment and talk about which insects are safe to hold and which should be observed from a distance. We’ll also talk about how the native grassland at Horton Grove supports pollinator insects. This program is perfect for anyone interested in insects and families with children ages 4 and up.

50 Shades of Green: The Sex Lives of Plants

What some may not know is that process of pollination is similar to the process of reproduction by animals. Plants have a stamen (“male organ”) and a pistil (“female organ”) in which pollen must travel from the stamen to the pistil. There are various methods to this process with some plants being self-pollinators while others cross-pollinators. Meaning that some produce the pollen they need on their own or they require other plants from the same species for the pollen. Either way, these plants typically require pollinators.
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Everyone knows about the importance of bees and how they are common pollinators, but there are a lot more birds, animals, and insects at work in pollination. For this reason, plants have evolved with various mechanisms to attract different pollinators to ensure their species continues. The most common way is through the lure of candy.

Not the candy you hand out on Halloween, but nature’s similar sweet, nectar. This has led to some interesting pollinators, especially carnivores. A recent discovery found the Cape gray mongoose of South Africa is one of these pollinators. The mongoose does not eat plants for sustenance but is drawn in for a sweet treat. The pollen then sticks to their faces as they go from plant to plant seeking more sweets.
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Some plants open at night and give off strong smells that attract bats. Many tropical fruits are reliant on bats as major pollinators. While the plants have evolved to attract the bats, the animals have likewise evolved to get the nectar. In Ecuador, the tube-lipped bat, whose tongue is longer than it’s body, is a prime example of this. When symbiotic relationships lead to changes in animals this is called coevolution.

Sometimes it is something as simple as the wind that is the method of pollination. Something we in North Carolina are familiar with on those yellow spring days. Plants have found some rather unique ways to survive from one generation to the next, but the preservation of ecosystems remains vital. That means promoting healthy, sustainable practices in your neighborhood and city. For more information on how you can help protect pollinators check our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program.

 

Pollinator Week Event – Pollinator Friendly Flowers and Plants with Lee Attracting Birds and Bees

Monday June 20th: 430-630pm: Pollinator Friendly Flowers and Plants with Lee Attracting Birds and Bees: Create Art and learn about creating bird and bee friendly urban habitats at The Makery.401 Geer St  http://themakeryatmercury.com

About Lee Attracting Birds and Bees

Lee Moore Crawford is an artist, educator, organic grower, and floral designer dedicated to environmentally supportive practices that enrich the local community. In her booth at The Makery, Lee provides bee friendly, local, and sustainable products that celebrate nature’s beauty and bounty.Lee lives in Durham, and also provides arrangements, bouquets, and event designs with plants that she herself or other local farmers have grown. Lee works at The Makery on Wednesdays from 3-8pm. Stop by then to see what’s fresh at her pop-up flower shop.