Learn About the Pollination Needs of Apple Trees, Friday, May 4, at Audubon

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It takes the right pollination and sometimes protection for apple blossoms to turn into apples. Learn more at Apples All Year Long on Friday afternoon, May 4, at Audubon Community Nature Center.

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It takes the right pollination and sometimes protection for apple blossoms to turn into apples. Learn more at Apples All Year Long on Friday afternoon, May 4, at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Apple blossoms only turn into delicious, multipurpose fruits if they survive and are pollinated.

To ensure a good crop, come and learn how to care for your apple trees at blossom time from orchardist Al Yelvington at Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday, May 4, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m.

At the Apples All Year Long: Blossom Time, Now What? workshop you will learn what treatments should happen at blossoming, that not all varieties have the same pollination needs and how to best encourage and protect those trees and blossoms.

Blossom may be the most cheerful time of year for an apple tree, but it is also a precarious period. Blossoms that get too cold might not produce fruit, but there is a science to exactly how cold is too cold. Learn the science as well as some ways to protect those blossoms, encourage pollinators and pollination, and even protect the tree at one of its most vulnerable states – blossoming.

Al Yelvington is a fairly recent transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. Yelvington is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Enrollment is limited. The fee for the program is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Wednesday, May 2, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.