Last year, our property was lucky enough to be certified by Penn State University as a Pennsylvania Pollinator Friendly Property. We take that certification very seriously. We have taken steps to enhance our Butterfly Garden to be a Pollinator Garden including new plantings this spring. What this means for us, is providing the hummingbirds with sugar water drinking stations, the butterflies with native and cultivated flowers, and beneficial insects with host plants.
Of course our Pollinator Garden compliments our Blackmore Farm to Table Garden and our Healing Garden to provide a safe sanctuary and natural habitat for the wildlife that does so much for us.
The big news earlier this month was that New York State Governor Cuomo announced a new task force to develop a Pollinator Protection Plan. New York estimated that the bees, butterflies, bats and some birds provide roughly $500 million in pollination services to New York State agriculture. We are proud of our New York neighbors and hope that Pennsylvania is quick to follow!
While we don’t have a rough estimate of the monetary value of the yearly services of our pollinators on property, we do know that their work is priceless. While we count on their ever-loyal services, we don’t take their work for granted!
With over 100,000 honey bees on property (and growing) and the humming birds beginning to make their annual appearance, we are in full pollination mode.
Did you know…
- Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
- The queen bee may lay up to 2500 eggs per day during the summer months…that is one busy mama.
- Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors and their sense of smell is so precise that it could differentiate hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from miles away.
- At about 200 beats per second, the honey bee’s wings make a unique buzzing sound. They can fly up to six miles in distance and can go as fast as 15 miles per hour!
- Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.
Cheers to a productive year of honey and pollination!
-The Lodge at Woodloch Team