Fifth graders participate in pollinator project

Members of the Sabetha Elementary School fifth grade spread seeds at Pony Creek Lake near Sabetha on Wednesday, December 6.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Nemaha County Pheasants Forever Chapter — in partnership with the City of Sabetha — hosted the Sabetha Elementary School fifth grade at Pony Creek Lake to learn about the importance of pollinators. While the students were there, they planted a pollinator area and learned about pollinators first hand.

Matt Tedman, a local bee keeper gave a presentation on honey bees and the process he goes through to collect his honey. Tedman demonstrated some of the tools he uses when he is checking on his bees or harvesting the honey. Tedman told the kids that it takes 12 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

Holly Shutt, the senior private lands conservationist for Pheasants Forever, gave a presentation on the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. She talked about how important common milkweed is to the butterfly in the caterpillar stage.

Shutt also talked about the importance of our native pollinators, such as the different species of butterflies, moths, bumble bees and other insects. She told the kids that one out of every three bites of food we consume is dependent on a pollinator.

The fifth grade class was able to plant a one-acre plot of a diverse mix of native grasses and wildflowers that will be a great place for pollinators in the coming years.

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