Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Simple and Wonderfully Complicated Pollination Stories with Will Stuart(7 p.m.--welcome to come early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter
(by Lisa Crates)
(aster with fly, Eristalis transversa, by Will Stuart)
Will Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid native plant and bird photographer. Most recently Will worked with Dr. Larry Mellichamp as photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast, published by Timber Press. Will has contributed images to the Ladybird Johnson Native Plant Information Network, the National Audubon Society, and to NameThatPlant.net. He has a special interest in macro photography and, as a consequence, many of Wills’ images feature an “up close and personal” view of a blossom, a bud, a bird, or a butterfly. He spends much of his time in the sandhills of the Carolinas documenting the region’s unique flora and fauna. Will is a board member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society, and a member of the National Aububon Society and the Carolina Nature Photographers Association.
In the recent years, Will’s interests have expanded to include our native pollinators. Plants unable to produce offspring will not persist over time. Some of our native species self-pollinate but many depend on a butterfly, bee, fly, or wasp to carry grains of pollen to another blossom, producing fruit and seeds. Native bees raise their young on stores of nectar and pollen they gather from flowering plants. That’s why those bees are so busy! And all our native birds need nesting sites and all depend upon pollinators as food to raise their young. Plants need pollinators. Pollinators need plants. And birds need both. It is both very simple and wonderfully complicated.
Join us Wednesday, February 7th at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!
Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.
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