From April 22 through May 31, join us for #PlantWildflowers where we celebrate and support our local pollinators.

Pollination is the process of transferring pollen from one flower to another to allow for successful fruit and seed production. Pollination is essential to the survival of human beings and to sustain Earth’s ecosystems. 

Bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators play a crucial role in healthy ecosystems by aiding in plant production. They are also responsible for one in every three bites of food, since many fruits and vegetables depend on pollination to grow and produce fruit.

Learn about pollination and the essential role that pollinators play in the natural world through these library events and resources.

 

BioBlitz Week: Become a Citizen Scientist
May 9-13

All Leon County Public Library Locations

Become a citizen scientist by observing and collecting plant and animal data during BioBlitz Week. A BioBlitz is a celebration of biodiversity where participants find and identify as many naturally occurring species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.

To participate, download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or tablet and start collecting photographs and biological information about the biodiversity in Leon County. You can do this in your neighborhood, at a Leon County library or park, or at any of your favorite outdoor locations.

iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. High quality data uploaded to the iNaturalist app becomes part of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, an open-source database used by scientists and policy makers around the world.

BioBlitz bags with bee ID cards, packets of wildflower seeds, bookmarks, and other materials will be available at all library locations while supplies last.

 

April - May 2022

Event

Date

Time

Details 

#PlantWildflowers Kickoff: Plant a Pollinator Garden

Friday, April 22

All day during library open hours.

In-person / Self-Directed. All Leon County Library Locations. Click here for more information.

Smithsonian Pollination Investigation Exhibit

May 1 - May 31

Main Library Hours

In-person, Main Library. Click here for more information.

BioBlitz Week: Become a Citizen Scientist

May 9 - 13

All day during library open hours.

In-person / Self-Directed. All Leon County Library Locations. Click here for more information.

What’s the Buzz?: All About Bees with Tony Hogg

Saturday, May 21

3:00 p.m.

In-person. Leon County Main Library. Click here for more information.

My Garden of a Thousand Bees Documentary Screening

Tuesday, May 24 

6:30 p.m.

In-person. All Leon County Public Library locations. Click here for more information.

Pollination Celebration with Mark Tancig

Saturday, May 28

10:00 a.m.

In-person. Woodville Branch Library. Click here for more information.

 

Pollination
What is pollination, and why is it so important? Find out with these engaging reads on Pollination.

Wildflowers
Become a Wildflower expert with these fascinating and beautiful books on Wildflowers.

Bees
Do you know the importance of bees in our ecosystem? Educate yourself with these books on Bees.

Insects
‚ÄčEver wonder about the insects all around us and the role they play in our everyday lives and the broader ecosystem? Check out these books on insects in the Junior Nonfiction section or this collection in Adult Nonfiction.

Gardening
Interested in starting a garden or growing your gardening knowledge? Check out these Gardening books.

Pollinators and the disappearing bees
Find thought-provoking films on Kanopy.

 

BioBlitz Actvity Bags

  • Activity Bags will be offered for BioBlitz Week (May 9 - 13) while supplies last.
  • These free bags will include seeds, bee identification cards and educational resources from our partners, as well as guides for conducting personal bioblitzes during Bioblitz Week.

Wildflower Scavenger Hunt

  • Go on a Wildflower No Pick Scavenger Hunt. How many flowers can you identify?
  • Use this handy Wildflower Scavenger Hunt Guide to identify the Wildflowers of the Southeastern U.S. 

 

Explore and share your observations from the natural world.
Download the free educational app from the App Store or Google Play so you can research species and record your observations on-the-go.
Use it for BioBlitz Week May 19 -13 and for the Pollination Celebration on May 28.