Join us on May 7th and May 20th at the new Laurel Street Pollinator Park.  517 Owens Street, Stillwater, 10 AM - 1 PM.

Spring is coming, and so are the pollinators. They need our help..so bring your friends and garden a bit to create habitat for our tiny heros.  Refreshments and demonstrations from garden and honeybee experts. Sign up here.  or email laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org


 

Register for the 25th National Pesticide Forum right here in Minneapolis.  Two days of the best speakers from around the country on ecological and organic strategies for regeneration.


SPRING IS CLOSE

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Pollinators are starting to emerge from overwintering. But they still need some places to cozy away until temps level out over 50. So leave some standing stems, brush and leaf piles. Those tiny wings don't work below 50 degrees. Early flowers like Dandelions, Willow, Maple trees offer the first nectar and pollen for our hungry overwintering pollinators.


POLLINATOR PARK:  Phase I-Phase IV

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WATCH FOR NEW SIGNS:  April, 2017 pollinator garden signs designed by Julie Bourman will be erected at the Pollinator Park flower garden, Ramsey-Grove and Northland Parks.

PHASE I . NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN:  May, 2016: 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 Saint 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, Butterfly Weed.  After the first snow fall Nov. 2016, we overseeded the clover bee lawn with a seed mix of creeping fescues and hard fescues for diversity and resilience in the lawn. On May 20, 2017 Creeping thyme plants from Rose Floral will be added to the bee lawn, and sedum to the garden border.

PHASE II . THE SLOPE - Watch for little blue stem and milkweed on the slope thanks to a generous contribution from Ciranda and Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL).  Only non toxic practices are used for this pollinator friendly project. July, 2016 we began to remove the existing vegetation and prepare the slope for seed and plants with a deep filtering root system. The Stillwater Fire Dept. did a controlled burn, and our partners at MNL sprayed two white vinegar treatments to burn out the existing plants, avoiding beneficials like milkweed and big blue stem. May 6, 2017 MNL and PFA volunteers will seed a slope enhancement mix with little blue stem and milkweed, and plant native plant plugs.

PHASE III . THE SHORT PRAIRIE - PFA is excited to work with our expert partner, Prairie Restorations, and get started this summer (June/July) on the prairie habitat and pollinator trail. The existing sod will be pulled up, and the native prairie flower seeds will be spread by hand.  We should see some lovely grasses and flowers in the Fall, but the prairie will thrive the second year.  


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.  

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.


POLLINATOR CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS
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.  

2017 Pollinator Friendly Calendar

4/19/17: PFA at Water Action Day, Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Avenue West, St. Paul. 1:30 pm. Winona LaDuke, Walter Mondale and other environmental leaders. 

4/21/17: PFA at St. Croix River Association Basin Summit, River Falls University, Wisconsin.

4/22/17: Stillwater Earth Day. 10 AM - 2 PM. Along the riverfront behind Rivermarket Coop, Stillwater.  Over 25 booths and family-friendly activities including: Kayaks on the St. Croix, Gondola rides, Electric car, Live music with Spokey Dokey, Storey Time Trolley rides.

4/28/17-4/29/17: PFA co-sponsor of the 35th National Pesticide Forum. Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration.  U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis.  Registration here.

5/7/17: 10 AM - 1 PM. Pollinator Friendly Garden Party at Pollinator Park with Minnesota Native Landscapes. Corner of Laurel Street West and Owen Street North, 517 Owen Street North, Stillwater. Refreshments provided, bring your garden trowel.

5/18/17: PFA presents pollinator friendly resolution to White Bear Lake Township. 630 PM

5/20/17: 10 AM - 1 PM.  Pollinator Friendly Alliance - Pollinator Park Garden Party.  Demonstrations by Master Beekeeper, Mike Mac from Bone Lake Apairy and Claudia Morgan, professional gardener and landscaper with Gardenside.  Come join us -- bee a steward at the Pollinator Park flower garden by helping us groom, plant and weed the pollinator flower garden.  Corner of Laurel Street West and Owen Street North, 517 Owen Street North, Stillwater.  Refreshments provided, bring your garden trowel.

9/10/2017: noon-6PM Polli*NATION Festival - Pollinator party of the year. Mark your calendars. Music, art, food trucks, performance, beer, games, bands, and a whole lotta pollinator goings on. Kissing Birch Farm, Stillwater.