Pollinator Protection Program
A Collaborative Community Project of 
Local Living Venture

WISER Center at SUNY Potsdam
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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Division
    ~  website ~ 

Check this page for details.
No current events, more to be added soon!

PAST EVENTS (click link for details):
Wildflower Pollinator Garden Planting Workshop
Wildflower Pollinator Habitat Open House
An Edible Forest Garden: A Guided "Magical Mystery Tour"

Beekeeping: Hobby to Business Workshop 
Honey Harvest Hoedown & Pollinator Jamboree!

Why are Pollinators Important?


Butterflies, bees, moths, bats and more are indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem.
* Many pollinators are an important element of the food chain and are prey for birds and other insectivorous animals.
* Honeybees are best known as crucial to facilitating up to 35% of the world's crop production, increasing outputs of 87 of the leading food crops and plant-derived medicines. However, note that this number reflects ALL pollinators, including butterflies, beetles, flies, bats, moths, and various birds. .
* Butterflies, for instance, are widely used by ecologists as model organisms to study the impact of habitat loss and climate change.
* Butterflies and moths have fascinating life-cycles used to teach children about the natural world. The transformation from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis is one of the many wonders of nature.

All pollinators are intrinsically valuable and worthy of preservation.


* Pollinator Programs *

Ways that you can participate!

Be a Pollinator Pal!

Commit a certain square footage of your yard or garden
or acreage of your land for creating a Pollinator-friendly habitat

at your business, school or spiritual space and “get on the map!”
It's free...and fun!
We’ll also have fun and interesting citizen science projects for use in these habitats, for all ages!
Look for our Pollinator Pals booth at local Festivals and events!
Contact us  for details on how to participate as a Pollinator Pal!

Pollinator seed sponsorship provided by a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

Photography Call To Action!
Take your “best shot” at capturing the beauty of a pollinator species.
The credited photos will be posted on a website and in displays at many events!



  • How to Plant a Pollinator Garden
  • Seed Saving For Pollinators
  • Pollinator Basics & How To Help
  • Hands-on How-To Build:
     a Butterfly Cabin, Mason Bee House, Bee Hotel, Bat House
  • Beekeeping for Beginners
  • many more in the works...and suggestions appreciated at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

Please also see our Bees & Beekeeping Resources page for details on our many honeybee programs and monthly discussion groups.

Watch this page for upcoming events, or get on our mailing list for twice-monthly notices (see
Newsletter Sign Up link at top right of page or email us.)

Plus Films, Speakers and more

* Contact *     LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com


* The Declining Population *

Bats  (in So. America)              Bees               Beetles
Butterflies            Flies                       Moths
and various birds

A recent study estimates a 50-60% loss in the total Monarch population since 1975.
White Nose Syndrome is decimating bat colonies - though our local bats aren't pollinators, they are still important.
Colony Collapse is not fully understood in our bee populations.
The Pollinator Protection program will share more about WHY all of these things are happening, but

                   there is

The natural wonder of the North Country gives us the opportunity to help Pollinators here and now...
(Photo credit: Studio 360)


* What You Can Do To Help *

Plant native species of
Milkweed where you live, work and play, it is the ONLY plant that the newborn Monarch butterfly larvae eat
NOTE:  Milkweed is toxic to livestock.

Replace or enhance your traditional landscaping with late blooming Pollinator-friendly flowers.
Create a Pollinator Garden where you live, work or play (see "Pollinator Pals" above!)
Build a Bat, Bird, Bee or Butterfly House to provide shelter.
Educate others and advocate for Pollinators in your home, school, business, and community.


             Participate in a * Pollinator Program *
             offered by the Local Living Venture and the WISER Center at SUNY Potsdam (see above.)

Watch this page as we populate it with many resources you will need to truly help our Pollinator friends!

A collaboration between
SUNY Potsdam's WISER Center
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) Environmental Division
 and the Local Living Venture

Seeds and outreach materials funded by a generous grant from the
    Alcoa Foundation

Community Partners
Nature Up North
Potsdam Food Co-op
Cinema 10
and more...

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