They share how birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators. Some of the exhibits included:
The days of using gardening books to decide what to plant are over. Cast Members shared this great new app call BeeSmart from Pollinator.org.
This app (available for iPhone and Android) has a database of nearly 1,000 native plants specific to your zip code.
You can filter the plants by what pollinators you want to attract, light and soil requirements, bloom color, and plant type. This is an excellent plant reference to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, bats, and other pollinators to the garden, farm, school and every landscape.
Don’t Swat the Bees
A Cast Member uses props to share with kids what bees are doing as they fly around. Teaching how bees visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off of pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot.
They also share that Honey Bees are usually very gentle creatures who mind their own business as they collect pollen. They are too typically too busy to worry about people or other animals.
They only sting when they believe they are under attack and unfortunately they can only sting once. Once they have stung someone they will soon die.
The other fact shared is that the worker bees we see are female bees.
Where Does Our Food Come From
A large display of fruits vegetables, and flowers highlight that between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants need pollinators to complete pollination. It is believed that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators.
Know Your Pollinators
A fun activity was the know you pollinator game. As the kids roll the oversized dice and move through th egame board the Cast Members ask trivia questions about different pollinators.
You choose one of four paths: bee, hummingbird, butterfly or midge fly. The Cast Member will ask question appropriate for the age of the player. By the way did you know a rat is a pollinator? I had no idea.
The prize for winning the game is a bug catcher. This bug catcher works much like scissors and had air holes. The message was clear. Look at the bugs but don’t hurt them.
And the bee finger puppet from a previous exhibit fits perfectly. (sorry for the poor photo)
These events are a wonderful way to add a bit of learning to your Disney Vacation.
The remaining 2014 events for connecting families with nature (as always, dates subject to change) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are:
- July 29: Big Cat Day
- August 5: Primate Day
- September 23: Elephant and Rhino Day
And to add a bit of pollination to your day…