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Santa Monica Public Library Invites Residents to Create 'Seed Bombs'
By Lookout Staff
July 20, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Library next month will once again help support local honeybees by showing residents how to "seed bomb" their gardens.
"Seed Bomb Insanity" -- which takes place Thursday, August 3, at 3 p.m. in the Main Library's Central Courtyard -- encourages participants to create pods of seeds and soil they can launch into hard-to-reach areas of their gardens.
The "bombs" not only "sow the seeds of floral glory," they also help boost the population of honeybees, which are responsible for fertilizing one third of the food around the world, event organizers said.
In February, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service added the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)-- which was once broadly distributed across the eastern United States, Upper Midwest and parts of southern Canada -- to the endangered species list.
Since 2000, this bumble bee has been reported from only 13 states and 1 Canadian province, according to Fish & Wildlife officials.
"Rusty patched bumble bees live in colonies that include a single queen and female workers," according to the agency's website. "The colony produces males and new queens in late summer.
"All rusty patched bumble bees have entirely black heads, but only workers and males have a rusty reddish patch centrally located on the back."
The event, which is part of the library's Adult Summer Reading program series, is free and all ages are welcome. Space is limited and on a first-arrival basis.
The Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.
For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public
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