POLLINATOR FRIENDLY CALENDAR
8/25/18: Butterfly Landing at Pine Point. 4-6 pm, Please help us identify and count three at-risk species: Monarch butterfly, Karner blue butterfly, and Rusty patched bumble bee. These citizen science counts help us to better understand how to protect pollinators. Pine Point Regional Park, 12955 120th Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. Email to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
8/30/18: Pollinator garden day, Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek,. 5-8 pm, Join in the fun of transforming this underutilized land into a pollinator sanctuary bursting with blooms and habitat. Most of the work is done now, this day will be sprucing up and grooming this multi-habitat urban sanctuary. Bring a friend, bring a shovel, bring enthusiasm to do good for pollinators, and learn about pollinator friendly gardening, bee lawns and more. 523 Owens Street North, Stillwater 55082. Email to sign up: email@example.com. weather dependent.
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: BUTTERFLY CONVERGENCE, at Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek. Noon - 3:00 PM. 523 Owens Street North, Stillwater Minnesota. Inaugural reception with music by LOTT, Bare honey bubbly, roll UR own bee bombs, milkweed toss, pollinator friendly merch, and premier tours of the native prairie, gardens and bee lawn with leading plant and pollinator experts. Learn about bee-friendly habitat and get native plant tips.
10/13/18 Planting Extravaganza, Butterfly Landing at Pine Point Regional Park. Pine Point Regional Park, 12955 120th Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. We are planting 1,000's of plants to create a butterfly sanctuary and safe habitat for pollinators at risk like the Rusty patched bumble bee and Karner blue butterfly. Bring your friends and enjoy pollinator and environmental stewarding talks, tours, seed saving and pollinator PLANTING. ...more details to come, stay tuned. 1-4 pm.
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.
In 2018, sees the final installation phases for POLLINATORS LANDING at Mulberry Creek. The lower prairie was covered with a thick black plastic to smother the existing vegetation in preparation. No chemicals or herbicides are used with the smother method. Buckwheat was seeded in June and has germinated. We hope for beautiful golden grasses in September.
The upper prairie will be planted on May 19th and is blooming. The first year of a prairie only produces a small variety of the seed. Some of the plant species need to set over a winter and bloom the second or third year. The first year requires more maintenance and tending than the following years in the life of a prairie.
8/30/18: Pollinator planting day, Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek, 5-8 pm: 523 Owens Street North, Stillwater : Join us to spruce up and plant the final phase of Pollinators Landing (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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or show up. Weather dependent.
9/8/2018: The Butterfly Convergence . Celebrate the official inauguration of Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek. Stay tuned. Noon - 3:00 pm.