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qI THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2018 Page 7 GRAFTON, N.D. -- Several events are scheduled in Graflon for National Pollinator Week which, this year, coincides with Grafton's SummerFest. Eleven years ago, congress unan- imously dedicated one week in June as 'National Pollinator Week' bringing attention to the valu- able services provided by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles. This has grown to an international celebration of this important group of animals we call pollinators Grafton-area Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Grafton Garden Club are hosting sev- eral events during Pollinator Week (June 18th- 24th) to educate on the importance of native in- sect pollinators and pollinator friendly garden, ing. Master Gardener Heather Szklarski will be hosting Storytime at Carnegie Regional Li-: brary of Grafton on Monday, June 18th at 10:15 am. The book featured is Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost and Leonid Gore. The book tells of the interconnected life cycles of the iconic Monarch butterfly and the Milkweed that it cannot reproduce without! The Model Polli- nator Garden (MPG) has two varieties of milk- weed which are already supporting several Monarch caterpillars. On Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22, from 4-7 each day, area Master Gardeners will be on hand for Open House Garden Tours at the Walsh County Master Gardener Model Pollinator Garden, located at the north end of Leistikow Me- morial Park in Grafton. Event dependent on weather. Learn about plant choices, nesting needs, gardeo clean-up and other practices that can simply support our native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The public is encouraged to attend as they are on their way to or from other Summerfest activities Refreshments, door prizes and educational materials provided. Private tours for groups or individuals can also be scheduled by contacting Heather 701-520-4595 or heather- Visits are welcomed whenever we are spotted working in the gardenl What's the big deal about pollinators? In short, about 75% of flowering plants on the planet re- quire an animal to pollinate them so that they can complete their life cycle That includes one-third of the plants that provide food that we appreci- ate: almonds, avocados, apples, blueberries/ pumpkins and strawberries to name a few. Pop- ulations of many pollinators are in decline for several reasons including habitat loss and degra ' I ' dation. The decline in insect pollinator popula' I tions also affects animals higher on the food [. ' chain, such as songbirds and even grizzly bears J While managed honeybee decline is well J , known, the plight of our native pollinators is easy4 to overlook. As we learn more about native.'bees. ",GRAFTON, N.D. -- Many of our and butterflies it is becoming apparent that,nuts, fruits and vege b|es, arePo!!inat- tttei[ pumbers are als in decline. In 2017, ] ed b s.i qeFly 9ne:,9 t l sr5 'Pate h ed comesfrom a bee-pol. in the continental USfo be added tO the enda# lifiat '6r6p. In a world without bees, we gered species list. Several native Hawaiian bees were added at the same time. The popula-; ! 0 tion of the Rusty Patch has declined 87 in the last 20 years and it is likely present in only 0:1% of its historical range. (From the Fish and Wildlife Service) Gardeners and homeowners can. support healthy pollinator populations #diD have a beautiful yard and garden by taking some very simple, easy steps. , The Walsh County Model Pollinator Garden was awarded an initial grant in 2016 to purchase plants and supplies to make the existinKgarden pollinator-friendly with the goal to inspire gar' deners to tend their land with pollinators in mind and serve as a teaching tool. There are 16 Model Pollinator Gardens in the state, with more planned. Master Gardener Model Pollinator Gardens in North Dakota total about 15,000 square feet of pollinator habitat. There are 70 homeowner gardens certified with the program in ND, MT, SD and MT that total 172,082 square wouldn't have apples, blueberries, avo- + cados, almonds, squash, melons, and many more fruits and vegetables. Our diet wouldbe bland, less nutritious and definitely less colorful. Bees are in trouble in the U.S. Native bee species are declining in numbers due to habitat loss and other factors. A con- tinued decrease in pollinator numbers will affect our food supply. The Flat- landers 4-H Club based in Grafton and Minto decided to learn more about pol- linators and what they could do to pus- itively impact pollinators and their en- vironment, With the help of a grant from NDSU Extension's Junior Master Gardener program, the expertise of area Master Gardener Heather Szklarski, and flow- ers and supplies from Helen's Green- house, sixteen 4-H youth and six adult feet of habitat, with over 1800 square feet here in Walsh County. Gardeners can register their gar- dens with the program and receive a Certified Pollinator Garden sign, while supplies last More information on the program can be found at The Walsh County Master Gardener Model Pollinator Garden is made possible by Grafton Parks and Recreation - allowing the garden to be managed with pollinators in mind, by grants through the NDSU Extension Master Gardener Program and assistance from the Grafton Gar- den Club and generous individuals in the area. volunteers participated in the project. Youth learned about pollination and pollinators through hands-on experi- ments; enjoyed a tour of the pollinator garden in Graflon led by Heather and Photos: Submitted planted pollinator friendly flower pots.Top: Back: (L to R) KathJean Kerian, Liam Medbery, Andrew Riske, Anna Riske, Eden Scott. Middle Row L to R: Ethan Lund, Each youth planted and brought Emily Kerian, Tayla Uzakowski, Brynan Medbery. Braelyn Scott. Front: Rowan Medbery, John Paul Kerian, Chase Hess, home poginator pots to provide pollinator Carson Pengilly, E'lee Hess. Bottom Left: Ratlander's 4-H dub tour the pollinator garden and look at lhe Monarch caterpil- friendly environments around Walsh lars in Leistikow Park. Bottom Right: Large flower pots on display at Hugo's Supermarket in Grafton. County. Two large pots were also plant- ed and are currently on disp.lay at Walsh County 4-H has over 120 is a youth education component of the on4-H, please call the Extension office Hugo's in Grafton. members county-wide. 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