National Honey Bee Day (August 15th, 2020) at Radnor Lake
Pictured above: Special thanks to our very own Ann Duncan at Radnor Lake for going the extra mile to make National Honey Bee Day education a first hand experience for our park visitors at the Walter Criley Visitor Center today. Great job Ann!
Today (Aug 15, 2020) we are celebrating National Honey Bee Day at Radnor Lake to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat! Thanks to the hard work of beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts from all across the country this is an opportunity to celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations. We want to thank all of our beekeepers who work hard each year to ensure we have bees to pollinate our crops, especially in the Nashville-Middle Tennessee Area. To learn more about honeybee projects across Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas, please visit the following site:
This special day directly ties into our native grasslands initiative that has been a partnership between Radnor Lake State Park and State Natural Area, Friends of Radnor Lake and several of our private partners who have supported our resource management focus on restoring native grasslands in the natural area for pollinators such as the honey bees, monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.. which are so critical to our daily lives and ensure a well balanced ecosystem for future generations.
During this past year alone, thru donations to Friends of Radnor Lake, an Iris Fund License Plate License Plate monies grant from Tennessee Division of Natural Areas and a generous private foundation grant we have been able to convert 26 acres of habitat back to grasslands for pollinators such as the honeybee in the Hall Farm and on our Harris 3 Tract off Franklin Road. Thank you all for supporting this critical resource management priority at Radnor Lake!
At the end of August, the park ranger staff at Radnor Lake will be leading our late-summer wildflower hikes series in the Hall Farm Area of Radnor Lake to highlight these partnerships and our native grasslands initiative which is key to providing critical habitat for honey bees forever at Radnor Lake. Please visit our website(s) to see those hiking opportunities in the next few weeks.