Pollination and the Three B's: Birds, Bats, and Bees
Birds do it. Bees do it. Bats do it in the dark. Attracted to beauty and scent, guided by intuition and hunger, these pollinators perform a crucial service for us and the world's ecosystems. As nectar feeders, these animal species travel from flower to flower, literally spreading the love for millions of plant species. In doing so they fulfill a critical niche that fuels not only plant existence and diversity, but human agriculture and sustainability. A world without pollinators is a world without crops such as squash, tomatoes, cotton, or hay. There would be no honey for your tea or tequila for your sunrise. Yet, pollinators like so many other animal species are experiencing a drastic and dangerous population decline.
So join Lindsay Jacks, the director of Lights Out Baltimore* and an aviculturist at the National Aquarium, for a look into the working lives of these three Bs. Learn about everything from their anatomy to how you, as an individual, can help make a difference in their conservation. It's a bat box building, bird ID'ing course that you won't want to miss.
*Lights Out Baltimore (LOB) is a non-profit organization of the Baltimore Bird Club that strives to make Baltimore safe for migratory birds. LOB walks a 5-mile loop downtown during migration season every year to rescue injured birds and collect the dead ones that have fallen victim to light pollution and glass collisions. As recent recipients of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, LOB will officially begin work with the city of Baltimore to mitigate light pollution and hopefully help save birds.