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POLLINATOR FRIENDLY CALENDAR

6/16/18:  Citizen Science floral visitor count at Pine Point Park.  4:00 pm.  11900 Norell Avenue North, Stillwater, MN  55082. Park in parking lot.  Follow path to 14 acres butterfly sanctuary. Come join us for the first control county to provide data for the conservation of butterflies and pollinators.  We'll count and document floral visitors at the new Butterfly Sanctuary in Pine Point Park.  Meet at Pine Point pavilion at 4 pm.  Bring your cell phone or ipad for picture taking, wear rubber boots or sturdy shoes. email laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org to sign up and more information.

7/26/18: White Bear Marketfest: 6-9 PM. Visit Pollinator Friendly's booth on green street at Marketfest. Marketfest is a free family festival held in beautiful downtown White Bear Lake rain or shine. Food vendors, merchandise, art, live music, games and more.

7/26/18: Pollinator Party at Lyndale Park Gardens, east side of Lake Harriet.  5 pm - 8 pm Visit Pollinator Friendly's booth at this interactive bee and pollinator science outdoor party. 

7/28/18:  Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.  11 am - 2 pm Visit Pollinator Friendly's booth.  Lower Phalen Creek Project annual pollinator community event. 

Aug-Sept, 2018:  Minnesota State Fair.  Watch for Pollinator Friendly Alliance education display on wild bees in the Honey House in the Agriculture Building. 

9/8/18 The BUTTERFLY CONVERGENCE, Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek.  Launch party, unveiling & ribbon cutting ceremony with bee science, dancers, musicians and performers, and field tours. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm...more to come, stay tuned.

10/13/18 Planting Extravaganza, Butterfly Landing at Pine Point Regional Park.  LWe are planting 1,000's of plants to create a butterfly sanctuary and safe place for pollinators at risk like the Rusty patched bumble bee and Karner blue butterfly.  Bring your friends and enjoy a pollinator extravaganza with pollinator and environmental stewarding booths, activities and PLANTING. ...more details to come, stay tuned.

Exciting News * Pollinators Landing Final Phase * 2018

Ground first broke 2015 with the removal of existing turf and installation of the newly seeded bee lawn and 100's of flower plugs in the flower garden at the historic pumphouse site, 523 Owens Street, Laurel & Owens, Stillwater.  Thanks to community volunteers: Bee lawn: self heal, creeping fescue, dutch white clover, creeping thyme; Flower garden: wild bergamot/bee balm, rough blazingstar, yellow headed coneflower, joe pye weed, compass plant, oxe-eye, new england aster, fragrant hyssop, heart leaf golden alexander, meadow rue, butterfly weed, creeping sedum, prairie smoke, penstemon, marsh milkweek, common ironweed, purple coneflower, meadow blazing star.

In 2016, work began on restoration of the slope along Mulberry Creek Trail behind the pumphouse. Tall and woody plants were cut, then scalped,  a controlled burn followed  by spot spray of white vinegar to remove invasives. Hundreds of flower plugs were planted by volunteers including bluestem, common milkweed, wild bergamont, stiff goldenrod, asters, pioneer mix, dotted blazingstar, foxglove beardtongue, switch grass, smooth wild rose, flodman's thistle, golden alexander.

In 2017, turf was removed for the upper prairie and the first wildflower seeding of the prairie including little bluestem, june grass, blue gama, canada wild rye, butterfly weed, leadplant, purple prairie clover, black-eyed susan, hoary vervain, common ox-eye, dotted blazing star, stiff goldenrod, golden alexander, common milkweed, wild bergamot, showy goldenrod, canada tick trefoil, gray goldenrod, canada milk vetch, blue vervain, yarrow, prairie rose, western spiderwort.  Three Serviceberry trees were added to the bee lawn.

Spring, 2018 will bring the final phases to POLLINATORS LANDING at Mulberry Creek.  The lower prairie was covered with a thick black plastic to smother the existing vegetation in preparation for late summer seeding. No chemicals or herbicides are used with the smother method. Buckwheat will be seeded in late summer.

The upper prairie will be planted on May 19th......

5/19/18:  Spring planting day, Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek, 10 am - 2 pm:  523 Owens Street North, Stillwater :  Join us to plant 1,000's of native pollinator plugs (Laurel & Owens Streets, Stillwater).  Bring a friend, bring a shovel, bring enthusiasm to do good for pollinators, and learn about pollinator friendly gardening, bee lawns and more.  email laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org to sign up or show up.  Weather dependent.

9/8/2018:  The Butterfly Convergence . Celebrate the official inauguration of Pollinators Landing.  Stay tuned.   11:00 am - 3:00 pm.