PolliNATION Festival 2019 is coming to Minneapolis.
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Pollinators Friendly Alliance Calendar
3/7/19: Best Practices for Pollinators Summit - sold out (get on the waitlist here)
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Three Rivers Park District Silverwood Visitors Center, Minneapolis MN. 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.
4/2/2019: Tri-County Beekeeping Club. PFA presents.
7:00 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran, 2555 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud.
4/8/2019: Wild Ones Chapter Board Meeting. PFA presents
4/20/19: Earth Day Celebration at Wargo Nature Center
12:30-3:00 PM 7701 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55038. Visit PFA's booth Earth Day activities for everyone including entertainment, biking, arts and crafts and face painting.
4/27/19: Lakewinds Food Co-Op - Visit PFA for Earth Day Celebration.
Richfield and Minnetonka, 11 am - 2 pm.
Spring-Summer: Citizen Science & Ecology Programs: Stay tuned for PFA citizen science and pollinator ecology programming at Pollinators Landing, Butterfly Landing and St. Croix Regional Bluffs.
8/25/19: PolliNATION Art & Music Festival
Food Building, 1401 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Indoors and outdoors. Art, music, science, artisan food and beer, and pollinator partying all around. All are welcome. Stay tuned.
Butterfly Landing at Pine Point Park, 2018-2020
BUTTERFLY LANDING sits on the northeast end of Pine Point Regional Park, a 296 acre park in Washington County that draws 82,000 visitors per year. Situated at the northernmost part of the Gateway Trail, the area is diverse with forests, wetlands, and prairies. In 2004, Washington County Parks seeded 14 acres of old agricultural land from corn crops to prairie grasses and wildflowers.
IN 2018, Pollinator Friendly Alliance collaborated with Washington County Parks to create a 14 acre pollinator sanctuary protected from pesticide drift and right in the middle of at-risk species territory. This prairie enhancement includes habitat diverse in flowering species for a wide-range of pollinators to provide pollen and nectar sources from spring to fall, and nesting sites throughout the winter.
SUMMER, 2018: Citizen Science Counts began. Butterfly Landing also serves as an ecology education demonstration and field study area. A multi-year citizen science pollinator count collects floral visitors with an emphasis on the Karner blue butterfly, Monarch butterfly and Rusty patched bumble bee.
In October, volunteers planted over 2,000 plugs in a weed suppression mat: Showy Goldenrod, Stiff Goldenrod, Common Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, New England Aster, Prairie Coreopsis, Fireweed, Giant Anise Hyssop, Monarda, Wild Lupine Perennis (for Karner Blue Butterfly). In January, volunteers came back to winter seed the sanctuary with: Liatrus, Native Lupine Perennis, Prairie Violet, Butterfly Weed, and Prairie Flox.
Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek, 2016-2019 phases I-IV
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.
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.
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.
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.