With over one million species of insects, it is amazing that each have unique tasks to perform in the web of life. Some of you may think that task is to “bug” us, but even that pesky fly has a job in the world of pollination. “Native pollinators like butterflies, bees, moths and bats are important for growing vegetables and fruits and also for sustaining populations of local wildflowers,” said Kim Langmaid of Walking Mountains Science Center.
The Sustainable Community film series – a project of Walking Mountains Science Center — continues Friday night with a special film — “Wings of Life” from Disneynature — in Nottingham Park in Avon. From the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” comes “Wings of Life,” an adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible — and increasingly threatened — creatures.
“This film shows incredible time lapse footage of pollinators doing their important work,” Langmaid said.
What can you do locally?
“People can help pollinators by planting a mixture of native plants that flower from spring to late summer. Some plants in the Vail-Eagle Valley that are great for pollinators include: columbine, yarrow, sticky geranium, blue flax, penstemon, serviceberry, cinquefoil, wild rose and elderberry,” said Langmaid.
With only one screening this month, don’t miss this family film, taking place at Nottingham Park in Avon tonight at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. The monthly film series will return this November. Visit www.walkingmountains.org/films in the coming months to see the new line-up and for more information about this film, visit nature.disney.com/wings-of-life.