Happy Pollinator Week from the Gillespie Museum

Take a deep breath on your favorite hiking trail or in your backyard.  It’s National Pollinator Week –established by the U.S. Senate thirteen years ago — a good time to look a bit more closely at the bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other creatures in your neighborhood and to learn more about the valuable ecosystem services they provide us. We need them; they need us.

You might start by downloading our beautiful new field guide, Backyard Anthecology: Common Pollinators of Central Florida here. and begin to identify, count and observe pollinators at work. If you’d like to attract more pollinators, consider adding native plants to your garden.

This new video, Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants, (written and narrated by Stetson Biology Professor Cindy Bennington, PhD, with photos by Biology Professor Peter May, PhD) offers a list of easy-to-grow Florida native plants that have proven successful in our Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem, including Coreopsis, Blanketflower, Blazingstar, Beebalm, Passionflower and others.

To learn more about pollinator projects in the Volusia Sandhill, check our museum website here . Or better yet, take a stroll through the site, behind the Rinker Environmental Learning Center next to the Gillespie Museum. For more online resources from the Gillespie Museum, visit our website.