BEST PRACTICES FOR POLLINATORS IN THE REAL WORLD Summit

for Municipalities, Cities, Townships, Counties, Community Leaders

March 9, 2017:  8:00 AM - Noon, Dakota Lodge, St. Paul

Are you ready for 2017? Public concern over pollinator decline is on the rise, and justifiably so.  Both native bees and honey bees are struggling, putting natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. Governor Dayton’s 2016 Executive Order to restore pollinator health will affect local, county and state land management practices.  The Best Practices for Pollinators Summit will provide resources and innovative ideas for leaders in developing best practices. 

Register now, limited seating.

this winter, Leave Your Gardens Up

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In Minnesota, we have a long period of time when plant life is dormant. Gardens in the winter provide an environmentally sound alternative to a barren, cold landscape devoid of life. Overwintered gardens are very important habitat for pollinators. Native bees nest in dried stalks of plants and birds feed on the seeds and fruits. Many native plant species rely on re-seeding to sustain themselves. Intact gardens help to filter water runoff, keeping our water cleaner and replenishing our aquifers.  


POLLINATOR PARK:  Phase I-Phase IV

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 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, 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.

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. The next step is seeding with a slope enhancement mix including little blue stem and milkweed.


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.  

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.  

2016 Pollinator Friendly Calendar

1/15/2017:  PFA Board Retreat:  noon - 4:00 pm.

1/17/17:  PFA Presents to Stillwater City Council, 7 PM, Stillwater City Hall

1/24/17: PFA Presents to White Bear Lake City Council, 7 PM, White Bear Lake City Hall

1/2017:  Polli*NATION Planning Meeting TBA

2/16/17:  PFA Presents at Columbine Garden Club, Stillwater

3/9/2017: Pollinator Best Practices Summit . 800 AM - 1200 PM.  Dakota County Lodge, St. Paul.  Experts and inspiration for counties, cities, townships, school districts on how to best manage parks, public lands, roadsides for pollinators. Limited seating, register now.

4/28/17-4/29/17: Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land. Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration.  U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 35th National Pesticide Forum.  Registration here.