Birds, bats, bees, butterflies and beetles are just a few creatures that belong to a very special group of wildlife: pollinators. Although small in size, these pollinators make a big impact on the world around them. Nature lovers are encouraged to discover the positive effects pollinators have on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and beyond by joining a Native Seed Farm program during National Pollinator Week, June 18-24.
Pollination is the first step in the process that produces seeds, fruits, and the next generation of plants. Over ten years ago, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designation of “National Pollinator Week,” marking a necessary step towards addressing the issue of declining pollinator populations. Without the actions of pollinators, agriculture, food supply, and habitats could decline.
Nature lovers can learn how native plants support pollinators by joining a program at the Native Seed Farm. On Sunday, July 8 visitors can take part in the Wildflowers & Pollinators: Walking Tour of the Native Seed Farm program and learn how beneficial pollinators are in nature and your home garden. During the program, participants will embark on a walking tour of the Native Seed Farm in Irvine, which grows 50 species of native plants that pollinators love!
Those looking to roll up their sleeves can help native plants thrive on the Landmarks during the It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm program. Held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this activity gives volunteers the opportunity to harvest seeds from native spring wildflowers. The seeds harvested will be planted across the open spaces and benefit the pollinators that are so vital to the Landmarks’ health.
Planting native plants like the California Buckwheat greatly benefits pollinators likes bees and butterflies which in turn benefit the local ecosystem. Environmental enthusiasts can also help pollinators thrive by supporting local farmers and beekeepers and buying locally produced organic produce and local honey.
In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife. Visitors can sign up for a program today and take the first step in helping local pollinators thrive. All programs on the Landmarks are free with required pre-registration, which closes 4 p.m. the day prior to each activity. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Some programs are suitable for visitors ages 8 and above. For more information on activities, or to register, click the titles above or go to LetsGoOutside.org/activities.