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Take the Native Bee Challenge and help our pollinators

 Native pollinators face a host of environmental pressures, including habitat loss, but fortunately there are ways people can help bolster their populations. The Native Bee Challenge aims to educate the public—and children in particular—on how to provide environments amenable to native bees.

As part of that challenge, Michigan State University Extension is holding a Build-a-Native Bee House workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Open to children of all ages, the workshop will educate participants on the importance of pollination to agriculture and to a sustainable food supply, focusing on the role of native bees. Children will learn about the process of pollination and understand the importance of creating healthy habitats for native bees. Each child will have the opportunity to build their own native bee house to take home and place in their backyard.

The cost of attendance for Sanctuary members is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and $3 for children. The cost for non-members is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $5 for children. Register online  by Sunday, July 7.

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is located at 12685 East C Ave., one mile north of M-89 and just west of 40th Street. To learn more, visit birdsanctuary.kbs.msu.edu. Direct questions to birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or (269) 671-2510.