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Piedmont: Native Plants and Their Native Pollinators
May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for “Native Plants and Their Native Pollinators” presented by Nature Photographer, Will Stuart. Enjoy refreshments on the screened porch at the Museum of York County at 6:30 pm followed by the program in the Naturalist Center at 7:00 pm.
Will Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast and avid native plant and bird photographer. Most recently Will worked with Dr. Larry Mellichamp as photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast, published by Timber Press. Will has contributed images to the Ladybird Johnson Native Plant Information Network, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the National Audubon Society, and NameThatPlant.net. He has a special interest in macro photography and, as a consequence, many of Wills’ images feature an “up close and personal” view of a blossom, a bud, a bird, or a butterfly. He spends much of his time in the sandhills of the Carolinas documenting the region’s unique flora and fauna.
Will is a member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society, the National Audubon Society and the Carolina Nature Photographers Association. In the recent years, Will’s interests have expanded to include our native pollinators. Plants unable to produce offspring will not persist over time. While some native species self-pollinate, many depend on a butterfly, bee, fly, or moth to carry grains of pollen to another blossom, producing fruit and seeds. Native bees raise their young on stores of nectar and pollen they gather from flowering plants. That’s why those bees are so busy! All our native birds depend upon pollinators as food to raise their young. Plants need pollinators. Pollinators need plants. And birds need both. It is both very simple and wonderfully complicated.