Come to Raven Rock State Park’s Visitor Center on Saturday, June 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help us celebrate National Pollinator Week. Learn about bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and their importance to our worlds food supply.
There will be live demonstrations with butterflies from the Backyard Butterflies, Harnett County Beekeepers will have honeybees, honeybee equipment and educational displays along with some local honey for tasting. Susan Campbell, licensed hummingbird bander and lead hummingbird researcher in North Carolina will be capturing, tagging and releasing the park’s hummingbirds. She has been working with hummingbirds for over 15 years as a research affiliate with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Susan and her team will demonstrate the process of hummingbird banding, a critical component of Ms. Campbell’s research. Come see local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and learn about trapping and handling as well as applying a tiny band and taking data. You will witness, up close, all of the important elements of this specialized scientific endeavor. Susan will share information gained to-date and answer questions about hummingbirds during the event. She will not only be talking about the activities of these birds in the wild but important aspects of providing for hummingbirds on your property. Feeder selection, landscaping and other special considerations will be discussed.
Come dressed up as your favorite pollinator, or dress up your pet, with special prizes for those that come in costume. Fun educational exhibits, games and crafts.
This program is funded in part by Friends of Raven Rock State Park.