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By Jana Mathia
Gazette Editor 

Bee-ing a pollinator proponent


Don Marshal

The black-chinned hummingbird is part of the army of pollinators visiting Whitman County blooms.

COLFAX – While not everyone wants or has the space for beehives, anyone can help support native pollinators and bees by providing feed, water and/or shelter.

"What you do for the honeybees helps our native pollinators," said Charlene Purtee. Purtee is a backyard beekeeper and pollinator enthusiast who has made several stops at Whitman County libraries to share programs on beekeeping and native pollinators.

Purtee noted that while honeybees are fantastic pollinators, the native pollinators do better with pollinating native plants. Native pollinators include bumblebees, moths, flies, wasps,...

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