The week of June 17 will be “Pollinator Week” at the Woods Hole Public Library. A series of free events will be held to celebrate pollinators and bring their plight to the public’s eye.
On Monday, June 17 at 7 PM a documentary about pollinators narrated by Meryl Streep will be shown. This film features extraordinary close-up photography of butterflies, bees, other pollinating insects, hummingbirds, bats, and flowers in a celebration of life. The film is appropriate for all ages.
On Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 PM, local gardener and educator Josh Leveque will share easy steps to enhance home landscapes for native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators in ways that are both low-maintenance and attractive.
On Saturday June 22 at 3 PM in the children’s room Mr. Leveque will read a book, geared towards children ages 7 to 11, called “Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate” by Sara Levine. The book addresses such questions as, “Did you know that plants talk? After the reading Josh will answer questions about plants and pollinators.
Also on Saturday there will be a “Pollinator Morning” at Falmouth Academy from 9:30 AM to noon, co-hosted by the Library. Larry Dapsis, entomologist from the Cape Cod Co-operative Extension will give a talk called “Pollination Ecology – How Can We Help Bees?” This program will review honey bee biology and the factors responsible for the catastrophic losses in honeybee populations, both locally and nationally.
In addition Mr. Dapsis will review the state of wild pollinators like bumble bees and suggest ways residents can help them. At the end of the talk Mr. Dapsis will introduce a new insect identification App called Bee Smart. The group will then proceed outside where, with the assistance of Mr. Leveque, everyone will learn to identify some of the more common insect pollinators. In case of rain, the program will be held at Falmouth Academy following week, Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 AM.
T-Shirts have been made using art work by Woods Hole summer resident Barbara Whitehead to celebrate the Library’s favorite pollinator, the monarch butterfly. The T-shirts will be available for sale throughout the summer. Later in the summer, the Library will restart their Monarch Butterfly Project in which they raise, tag, and release butterflies. Over the past few years, the Library has released hundreds of monarchs.