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PHASE I . NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN:  May 21st: Pollinator Friendly volunteers, Stillwater Water Board and Gardenside Landscape completed Phase I of the Pollinator Park by first removing the turf. The bee lawn was seeded with Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) 3.6 oz. (7.5 Tbs)/1000 sf, Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) 1 oz (2 Tbs)/1000 sf, White Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) 3.2 oz. (7 Tbs)/1000 sf.

Thanks to the generous support of the St. Paul Garden Club, the flower garden is abound with pollinators: Wild Bergamot, Rough Blazingstar, Yellow Headed Coneflower, Joe-Pye Weed, Compass Plant, Oxe-eye, New England Aster, Fragrant Hyssop, Heartleaf Golden Alexander, Meadowrue, Prairie Smoke, Butterfly Weed.

August, 2016:  The bee lawn is established with white dutch clover. But the other seed in the bee lawn mix did not prosper. The lawn will be overseeded with a fine/creeping red fescue, and later adding creeping thyme.

PHASE II . THE SLOPE - Watch for little blue stem and milkweed on the slope area thanks to a generous contribution from Ciranda.

July, 2016 our partners at Minnesota Native Landscapes began to remove the vegetation on the slope in preparation for the new plants and seed.  In August, Minnesota Native Landscapes sprayed two non toxic white vinegar treatments to the slope, avoiding beneficial plants like milkweed and big blue stem. In October, Little Blue Stem, Milkweed and other hardy natives will be planted and seeded.

Free online video PEOPLE FOR POLLINATORS series

pollinator biology, habitat, pesticides, conservation, birds, plants and more.  1.  WILD BEES (Xerces Society), 2. POLLINATOR HABITAT ON FARMS (Blue Tree Fruit Farm & Xerces Society), 3. AMERICA'S FLYWAY (Izaak Walton League), 4. PESTICIDES & POLLINATORS . CAN WE CO-EXIST (Dr. Vera Krischik with Lex Horan of Pesticide Action Network), 5. RETHINKING URBAN HABITATS (Bob Engstrom & Minnesota Native Landscapes)

New Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Support Pollinator Friendly Alliance

email: laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR  Consider joining our amazing team of organizers and volunteers for this volunteer driven non profit conservation organization.  The VC plays an important and integral role in fundraising, awareness programs, gardening workshops and our big annual festival. The ideal candidate is positive, self-motivated, outgoing, confident, and articulate. The coordinator will motivate and organize volunteers. This is a professional, goal-oriented position great for resume building and community connectedness. Personal rewards are many as we work together to make our world a better place for pollinators and people too.  

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR    The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is a fast growing and active non profit conservation group based in the St. Croix River Valley. We have an amazing core of staff, volunteers and partnering pollinator champions. The CC is an important member of our organization and is responsible for documentation and the organization of Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Keeping the public, board, key positions and volunteers updated and informed.  This key position is the support system that keeps things running smoothly.  Duties include:

-maintains records and documentation of organization and activities

-coordinates meetings and writes minutes

-oversees communication among staff, board and public

-helps coordinate major events

-maintains email list and sends email blasts

-special projects and research

-maintains education materials inventory and presentation list

This is a professional position is great for resume building and community connectedness. Personal rewards are many and gleamed from the good work we are doing together to make our world a healthy place for pollinators and people too.

Learn pollinator advocacy and community organizing work alongside a progressive conservation group. Everyone is concerned about pollinators and we are helping community to make a difference locally and at the state level.  Our interns perform a variety of tasks including social media, advocacy, administrative, design, email database, letter writing, attending events, and more.  

2016 Pollinator Friendly Calendar

7/28/16:  White Bear Lake Marketfest:  Downtown White Bear Lake, 4701 Highway 61; 6:00 - 9:00 PM

7/28/16:  U of M Pollinator Party, Lyndale Park Gardens, Minneapolis:  5:00 - 8:00 PM

8/11/16:  Smart Snacks for People & Pollinators, Urban Research & Outreach Center, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Mpls 55411:  2-5 PM

8/13/2016: Prairie Restoration, Princeton, Minnesota. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Hosted by Prairie Restoration & Xerces Society with guest speakers, kids activities, farm tour, ask-an-expert booth. Pollinator ecology, native plantings, Keynote: Dr. Karen Oberhauser.

8/28/2016: Ascension Episcopal Church, 214 Third Street No, Stillwater. 11:00 - Noon, open to the public and free. Laurie Schneider, Co-Director of Pollinator Friendly, talk on pollinator decline & conservation.

9/7/16: Polli-NATION Art Salon - 4:00-8:00 PM at Kissing Birch Farm.  Email laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org for details.

9/11/16: Polli-NATION Festival . tiny GIANTS - help us plan this great party! find us on facebook | email laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org  (see 2015 Polli-NATION pictures here)  (Flashmob video)

9/15/16: Washington County Employee Annual with Conservation District, Health Safety & Wellness Picnic

October, 2016: Pollinator Friendly Alliance Board of Directors Meeting TBA