The Passion Project

  • Location
    Eagle Mountain, Utah, Utah
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

Not only do pollinators provide countless fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but they also pollinate aproximatley 90% of our non-agricultural plants needed not only for us to survive, but the rest of our ecosystem. Pollinators are not only a necessity for many of our foods, they are a key in Sequestration, or the air quality and keeping it clean. Pollinators are also a part of our water and soil health. “Wildflower meadows are prime pollinator habitat, but we’ve lost 97% of them since the 1930s.” Unfortunately because of the negative impact man has made on the environment, by destroying, contaminating, or altering the wild habitat, our pollinators are dying. Seeing this decline of pollinators has been devastating in many ways.

Our Plan

When most hear the word “pollinator”, they think of a bumblebee, however, our project would like to educate others with the knowledge that not only are pollinators bees but they are also, wasps, flies, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, hummingbirds, and even some types of reptiles help the planet through their pollination role. We would like to plant gardens and provide nectar for our local pollinators, by planting things like trees, shrubs, native plants, and flowers. Pesticides are a hazard for not only bees, but other insects like flies, wasps, beetles and butterflies. We would like to protect our pollinators by avoiding pesticides and raising awareness of how pesticides can affect our nature’s health and perhaps offer alternatives to using pesticides. Pollinators need hydration and homes, we would like to provide sources of water, and create “mini-meadows” for our pollinators by making a designated area of garden or lawn unmowed and protected. Even allowing “weeds” like white clover and dandelions to grow will provide a source of food and be another source of nectar for the pollinators. The Passion project would like to raise awareness of our pollinators, not only by educating others, but by being good examples and inspiring others by taking care of nature.

Themes Addressed

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    Animal Welfare
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We have had so much fun volunteering at the local berry patch here in Utah. We have been able to learn about pollinators, and the necessity and contribution farmers make in the pollinator cycle.

Through this project I/we learned:

Volunteering, and being with the honey bees gives such an amazing feeling of happiness! Being able to learn not only about pollinators, but insects in general is such a rewarding and fun way to help our pollinators and their habitat!

What I/we might change:

We want to do this project every year! It is so much fun! A good attitude is needed for any form of hard work.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Being with the bees, hearing their buzz and seeing the pollination in action gave us the sense of necessity and happiness that pollinators bring!

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Bees will not sting you unless you approach them! Working side by side with the bees may be a hesitating experience at first, but as long and you are gentile, kind, and do not directly approach them they will combine with their amazing job of pollination.

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