Learn About Native Bees and Other Pollinators Oct. 12, 2021, at Southeast Branch Library
By Melissa Walker, Environmental Education Specialist
Posted on October 08, 2021, October 08, 2021

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The Stormwater Education Specialist will be providing a presentation on Texas’s Native Bees and other pollinators from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Southeast Branch Library, 900 SE Green Oaks Blvd. There are approximately 700 native bee species in Texas and several thousand other pollinator species such as butterflies, moths, bats, birds and beetles. These pollinators help create and maintain diverse ecosystems and are vital to our food supply. Over 80% of native plants in Texas rely on pollinators to reproduce and in the U.S. $18 billion to $27 billion dollars worth of food production relies on the direct contribution of pollinators.

Texas pollinators provide ecosystem services that support wildlife and native plant communities in the following ways:

  • Native plant diversity provides food and shelter for birds and other wildlife
  • Pollinator habitat helps remove pollutants from stormwater runoff improving local water quality
  • Diverse plant communities prevent erosion and maintain healthy watersheds
  • Flowering plants help return moisture to the atmosphere which is integral to the water cycle
  • Flowering plants utilize carbon dioxide to produce oxygen.

Residents can help our local pollinators by using native and adapted plants in landscapes and gardens, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers and by providing food, water and nesting places for these species.

Residents can learn more about our local pollinators by attending the Native Bee and other Pollinator’s presentation on Oct. 12 or by visiting Arlington’s Bee City USA webpage at www.arlingtontx.gov/beecityusa.

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