THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
50 Students Awarded for Pollination Pop Quiz
Issue Date: May 16, 2019
Around 50 Wausaukee School 7th and 8th graders received treats Wednesday, May 8 for each quiz they answered. WildPollenNation, a new Wausaukee-based environmental organization, delivered a "Pollination Pop Quiz" to a combined classroom of Junior High and Junior High School students taught by Becky Dunlap, Carrie Truby, and Kelsey Adams.
The questions prompted mostly serious (and accurate) answers, with a sprinkling of middle school humor. "Name 2 pollinators" prompted mostly "bees" and one "bat" (which is correct, bats are pollinators). Other questions, for example, "What's causing the insect decline?" produced a few "bee fight club" responses.
The "quiz" was actually a slide show about global decline in insect populations, importance of native pollinators (especially wild bees) to our food supply, and ways we can increase local native pollinators, also including butterflies, moths, and many others. What are some ways to help these important insects? First, plant Wisconsin native wildflowers, whether it's accenting your yard on a small scale or turning an entire field into a prairie or a Monarch butterfly waystation. Another helpful action? Eliminate or avoid pesticides in exchange for more natural ways to control crop-destroying insects.
After the presentation, the students received small packets of purple coneflower and black-eyed Susan seeds, which were donated by prairienursery.com, a Wisconsin producer of native seeds and plants. The purpose of WildPollenNation is to educate and support local young people in the conservation of wild pollinators. The organization will be filing for federal nonprofit status this summer. For more information, go to www.WildPollenNation.org.