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This summer, Darby Creek Valley Association volunteer, Ann Jackson finalized a pollinator garden in the SHA wetlands. SHA recently received news from the Penn State extension that the garden has been certified by the Penn State Master Gardeners as a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. Lower school science class recently explored the wetlands and took note of the pollinator plants. The pollinator garden can easily be viewed on the upland plateau just inside the wood chipped entryway. We look forward to watching these important native perennials provide food and habitat for native insects and animals which, in turn, provide the pollination needed to protect our plant diversity and food sources. There are more than 300 species of bees in Pennsylvania. Besides bees, non-bee pollinators include flies, beetles, moths, butterflies, wasps, ants, birds, and bats, among others. It is estimated that one-third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats (MSU Department of EntomologyNative Plants and Ecosystem Services). 

Wetlands