Posts Tagged ‘Pollinators’

Pollinator Pals in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

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Drake planting passion flower

Meet the first of the Houston Zoo’s Pollinator Pals!  Ollie, Drake and Ginger are regular traders in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, and now they are also Pollinator Pals! They each picked out the plant they wanted to grow and what pollinators they wanted to attract. Ollie planted hyacinth bean to attract hummingbirds, Drake planted […]

The Importance of Pollinators

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Pollinators - source USDA Forest Service

Pollinating insects are a crucial part of the health and well-being of our planet. They enable plants to set seed and reproduce, driving the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and providing us with fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, spices, coffee and fiber for clothing (to name a few items we can’t live without).   But did you know that […]

Pollinators and The Naturally Wild Swap Shop

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A gecko about to pollinate a tropical flower

Pollinators – what are they and why are they important? A pollinator is an animal that helps a flowering plant complete its life-cycle by picking up pollen from one flower and moving it to another of the same type.  This fertilizes the plant, allowing it to form seeds for the next generation. Why does that […]

Science Made Simple: Pollinators

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My name is Ryan and I love science. Join me as I try to make tough science…not so tough. Follow along as I research the issues, untangle the mess, and figure out what you really need to know to help animals and the environment. Today’s Topic: Pollinators Confusing Science: In the United States, the economic monetary […]

Pollinators get you Points!

Posted by in Events,Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

This weekend, Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24, the Houston Zoo will be celebrating Pollinators Day.  There will be booths, keeper chats and activities for the kids. The Naturally Wild Swap Shop will join in the fun.  Any nature journal on pollinators or pollination will get double points!  Topics can include (but are not […]

Go Batty During Pollinator Week!

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It’s National Pollinator Week… so get out of the house and give thanks to the pollinators of the world (that includes bats!) by attending the Houston Zoo‘s 2nd Annual Spotlight on Species: Pollinators!  You may be familiar with bees that pollinate our crop plants, but did you know that some bats are pollinators too?  They […]

A World of Pollinators

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What the heck is a pollinator and why is the Houston Zoo having an event celebrating them?  A pollinator is an animal that helps a flowering plant complete its life-cycle by picking up pollen from one flower and physically moving it to another of the same type – this fertilizes the plant, allowing it to […]

Bug Out! Attract the Good Guys to Your Garden

Posted by in Insects,Pollinators

Have you ever wanted to help wildlife but weren’t sure how to do it?  Would you like to start your very own conservation project in your own backyard?  The Houston Zoo is hosting a Spotlight on Species: Pollinators event the last weekend of June, and just in time…. because pollinating insects need your help!  Pollinator […]

Top 10 Reasons to Love Pollinators

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Why do we have an annual Pollinator Awareness Day at the Houston Zoo, you ask?  Because pollinators RULE!  Here are 10 reasons why: 10.  Fruit! Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, mango, peaches, cherries, apples, kiwi, oranges… well, you get the idea (the list goes on and on). 9.  Veggies! Squash, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, artichokes, bell peppers, […]

Bee-lieve it or Not…

Posted by in Adaptations,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Events,Insects,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators,Primates,Reptiles

Honeyeaters are important pollinators of many Australian flowering plants.  All 170 species of honeyeaters have a unique adaptation:  a long tongue with a brush-like tip that they use to get nectar from flowers.  The tongue can be extended into the nectar about 10 times per second! Honeyeaters aren’t the only birds that help pollinate.  Honeycreepers, sunbirds, […]

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