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Mini ID workshop on pollinators set for Aug. 13

By Staff | Aug 5, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is co-sponsoring a “Mini-ID Workshop on Butterflies, Pollinators and Butterfly Garden Plants” at Kiwanis Park in Hagerstown, on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be free and everyone will be welcome. This will be a good event for children and families in particular. No advance registration is not required.

Participants will learn how to identify butterflies, bees and other pollinators and get tips on the best plants for attracting butterflies and other pollinators to their own gardens.

Kiwanis Park is an ideal site for a workshop of this kind because the City of Hagerstown, in partnership with The Monarch Alliance, has established a Monarch Butterfly Waystation there.

The Waystation contains plants specifically aimed at attracting Monarchs. In addition, the rest of the park contains a variety of native plants and shrubs that are attractive to other pollinating insects.

These efforts seem to be paying off because Monarch eggs have been reported in the park.

The park is located at 371 Dynasty Drive in Hagerstown. For more information, contact Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

The workshop may be canceled if there is rain.