A group of 28 participants led by local botanists, entomologists, and wildlife biologists on July 30 explored the vegetative habitats that surround Kangaroo Lake during a hike dedicated to the science of pollination.

It was sponsored by the Salmon Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest.

According to a press release:

Dr. John S. Carlson, retired UC Berkeley Entomology Professor, gave a presentation on the strategies of local insects and the roles they play in pollination.

Jeanine Moy, Education Outreach Specialist with the Klamath Bird Observatory, spoke about the monitoring of hummingbirds and other songbirds in the area.

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, moths, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate Klamath ecosystem. When pollen is moved within a flower or carried from one flower to another of the same species it leads to fertilization. This transfer of pollen is necessary for healthy and productive native and agricultural ecosystems.

• Globally, about 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.

• About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.

• Most pollinators are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees.

Pollinators are considered keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.

The event included a hike along the Kangaroo Lake Fen Nature Trail. It provided participants, some who came from as far away as Sacramento, an opportunity to key out and identify local flowering plants and local bees and butterflies.

To learn more about pollination and area forests visit: http://pollinator.org/index.html or http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/ or contact Sam Cuenca/Danika Carlson at the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District, 530-468-5351.