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Make a Pollinator Rest Station!

Title

Pollinator Rest Station

Subject

Natural Science/ Biology

Grade level

Any

Time duration

5 Minutes

Overview

Pollinators work hard to survive. So, when an opportunity for a treat shows up, they take advantage!

Objective

Create a rest station for pollinators!

Materials

1 jar, 1 lid larger than the jar top, paper towel, sugar


Step-by-Step

STEP 1

Fill your jar with half sugar and half water. 

STEP 2

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

STEP 3

Place your paper towel (a piece of fabric works just as well!) on the top of your jar. 

STEP 4

Next place the oversized lid on top of the paper towel. 

STEP 5

Turn the jar over so the lid is on the bottom.

STEP 6

Set outside and observe!


Conclusions

Everyone likes a sweet treat... especially pollinators! Pollinators are attracted to the sugar solution (that’s why they are attracted to flowers) and will seek it out. Many different kinds of pollinators can be spotted on a nice day, from ants and bees to butterflies and birds.

The paper towel will act as a wick for the sugar solution and provide a place for pollinators to safely land.


Extra Credit

Try using a different ratio of sugar to water! Changing how much sugar is in your liquid can change which types of pollinators will stop by. Different species have different tastes!


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