POLLINATOR FRIENDLY CALENDAR
2018 Summit was standing room only. An independent poll shows 87% of Minnesota citizens are concerned about pollinator decline, and justifiably so. Bees and pollinators are struggling, putting natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. Communities need to act now with ecologically sound land management practices and policies. Best Practices for Pollinators provides resources, background and innovation. This comprehensive summit is packed full of useful and practical knowledge. By popular demand, this year: longer, indepth talks and more Q&A opportunities.
Who should attend: Land managers (private, public, local, county, state), policymakers, public works and parks managers, environmental & parks commissions, roadside managers, parks & trails managers, county commissioners, city council, city and county planners and supervisors, and conservation educators.
Herbicide-Free Restoration Success Stories
Large Area Prairie Conversion
Seed Mix Design with Pollinators in Mind
Effects of Pesticides on Pollinators
The Latest on Pollinator Conservation
Turf Conversion for Pollinator Habitat
Pollinator Resource Tables
Sponsors: Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Native Landscapes, Natural Shore Technologies, Prairie Restorations, Goat Dispatch, Ciranda, Jonathan Kvasnik ChFC with BankCherokee.
Partners include: Xerces Society | Washington County Parks & Public Works | Washington Conservation District | University of Minnesota | Dept. of Natural Resources | Shoreview Natives | Great River Greening | NRCS | Dakota County Parks | Pesticide Action Network....and more.
Pollinators Friendly Alliance Calendar
•Dec 8, 2018: Pollinator Friendly Alliance at University of Minnesota beekeeping classes.
•January, 2019: Snowshoe and Seed at Butterfly Landing Sanctuary. Pine Point Regional Park, 11900 Norell Avenue North, Stillwater, MN 55082. Bonfires, cocoa, snowshoe or cross country ski to seed the butterfly sanctuary. Yes! right on the snow. Many seed needs to go through a stratification (freeze) before it can sprout. date tbd
•Feb, 2019: Pollinator Friendly Alliance annual board retreat. tba
•3/7/19: Best Practices for Pollinators Summit. Three Rivers Park District, Silverwood Visitors Center, St. Anthony, MN. 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Register here.
•4/2/19: PFA presents on Pollinator Conservation at Tri-County Bee Club. 7 pm, 2555 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud, Minnesota
•8/31/19: PolliNATION Art & Music Festival. Food Building, Northeast Minneapolis. Stay tuned for music and art line-up.
Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek, 2016-2019 phases I-IV
In 2015, ground breaking 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, the lower area was covered with a thick black plastic to smother the existing vegetation in preparation for the second prairie. No chemicals or herbicides are used with the smother method. Buckwheat was seeded in June and flowered in late August. The buckwheat cover crop rejuvenates the soil in preparation for the October native prairie seeding. The bee lawn was augmented with compost treatments to enrich the soil to support other low flowerings plants such as self heal and creeping thyme and three more Serviceberry trees were added.
The upper prairie was planted on May 19th and is blooming. Some of the plant species need to set over a winter and will bloom the second or third year. The first year requires more tending than the following years in the life of a prairie. There was a fair amount of maintenance required to keep the trees, ragweed and foxtail in check. But the prairie wildflowers and grasses came up in good shape.