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Sunday at the Sanctuary – Bees, Beetles, Butterflies, and Blossoms – A Day of Pollination
September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us at the Sanctuary meadows for Bees, Beetles, Butterflies, and Blossoms… a veritable pollinator party!
Butterflies: This year we will be mindful for more Monarchs than ever as we tag and release both the Sanctuary’s
butterflies and those that have been raised by the 5th and 6th graders of Reed Intermediate School in Newtown! Our
Monarch expert, Sandy Schill, will show participants how to carefully catch and tag the butterflies for Project Monarch
Watch and send them on their long migration to a single mountain in Mexico. Create and keep plantable wildflower
butterflies out of recycled paper and native wildflower seeds with the team from Everwonder Children’s Museum.
Bees: Learn about bees and bee keeping with CT Backyard Beekeeper’s Jeff Schwartz and his live bees, while sampling
the delicious honeys that come from different flowers. Enjoy creating your own bee crafts with the kids from the CT
Wannabees, and learn how to create native bee houses for your yard with Girl Scout Troop 50611.
Beetles: Professor of Entymology, Dr. Rayda Krell, and her students from WCSU will lend their expertise in helping
participants identify their finds as they use our sweep nets to uncover the hidden life in the Sanctuary’s meadows. Learn
how to participate in important citizen science projects like iNaturalist just by taking pictures of what you find with your
smart phone (BYOD)!
Blossoms: Learn the importance of planting native flowers that support our pollinators with the folks from Pollinator
Pathway and Protect our Pollinators. Help the restoration of the Sanctuary’s newest meadow area by creating native
wildflower seed balls, and then launch them hundreds of yards with The Pollinator, the Sanctuary’s giant sling shot!
All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Register