Kurrajong A Buzz goes online to celebrate nature's pollinators

The annual pollinator celebration, Kurrajong A Buzz is moving online this year. Picture: Lyn Ward
The annual pollinator celebration, Kurrajong A Buzz is moving online this year. Picture: Lyn Ward

They may not be able to host their annual village festivities in person this year, but Kurrajong Community Forum still have big plans to promote Australian Pollinator Week, November 8-15.

Over the past few years the group has organised the popular Kurrajong A Buzz mini festival to coincide with the week, which pays tribute to nature's unique insect, bird, glider and bat pollinators.

The forum has been supported by the community, businesses and numerous other organisations.

The organised events aim to educate folk about the ecological importance of pollinators.

Because of restrictions due to the pandemic, the forum has decided to take Kurrajong A Buzz 2020 online.

A popular activity of the event has been the "Pollinator Pledge", where visitors write their pledge in support of pollinators.

This year, students and residents are urged to get creative with their pledges and perhaps win themselves a cool prize.

Hawkesbury school students and the wider community are being called to show their support via a 30 word written submission or a 30 second video.

Students also have the option of taking a photograph of a poster that tells the story of their pollinator pledge.

There are a number of prizes on offer for the winning entries, including gift vouchers for the Kurrajong Village businesses.

Students who enter early can win for their class a "Wild Pollinator Count" experience with scientists from Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.

The major prize for students is a lesson for 25 students or less at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mount Tomah.

Send your entries via Messenger to the Kurrajong-a-Buzz Facebook page and include your name, class, age, contact number and school. Alternatively, they can emailed to lynward486@yahoo.com.au

The final date for entries is November 15. An early bird prize will be determined for those that arive prior to October 30.

The community will be encouraged to vote for their favourite entries at the Facebook page, with People's Choice prizes for both adults and children, based on the number of likes received.

To find out more about Australian Pollinator Week, including how to become a citizen scientist, visit australianpollinatorweek.org.au or wildpollinatorcount.com