Pollinator Protection Program
A Collaborative Community Project of 
Local Living Venture

WISER Center at SUNY Potsdam
    ~ website ~

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division
    ~  website ~ 

Check this page for details on all Local Living events.

Sept. 28   Honey  Harvest  Hoedown &  Pollinator  Jamboree

PAST EVENTS (click link for details):
Managed Honeybee Field Day at Squeak Creek Apiaries
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 2018

MANY wonderful POLLINATOR  RESOURCE LINKS - bottom of this page!

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!

Beautiful pollinator-friendly, successively-blooming, native wildflower seeds
are available free to anyone who wishes to be a "Pollinator Pal!" 

Sign up for your seeds!

We ask for:  1) The street address where you'll plant the wildflower patch (for GIS mapping) so we can see year-to-year as the region blooms into the wildflower-prettiest, pollinator-friendliest community we can be! 

(Note: we will not use this address for mailing purposes.)
2)  Your contact information including name, email and  phone number.

We 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 to participate as a Pollinator Pal!
Pollinator seed sponsorship provided by a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

Pollinator Pal
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                                          Beekeeping for Beginners
                                             Seed Saving For Pollinators
                                          Pollinator Basics & How To Help
                                     Hands-on How-To Build a Butterfly Cabin, Mason Bee House, Bee Hotel, Bat House

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

Plus Films, Speakers and more
* Contact *     LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com


* The Declining Population *

Bats               Bees               Beetles           Butterflies
             Flies                  Moths                  and some birds      
   Local Pollinator Species General Guide
(fully illustrated)

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 - plus, they eat mosquitos!.
Colony Collapse is not fully understood in our bee populations.
The Pollinator Protection program wants you to know

                     there is

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

* What You Can Do To Help *

~ Participate in a * Pollinator Program * or become a Pollinator Pal ! (see above)
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. (see the Guides below!)

Create a Pollinator Garden where you live, work or play (see "Pollinator Pals" above!)
Build shelter!  A Bat, Bird, Bee or Butterfly House.
Educate and advocate for Pollinators in your home, school & business community.
Engage with the many amazing species of pollinators in the North Country!


                                     Local Pollinator-Friendly Wildflower Guide
                                                            (fully illustrated)
                                                               CLICK HERE

Why Plant A Pollinator Garden?
                                                               CLICK HERE

Tips & Methods for Planting A Pollinator Garden
                                                            (Video, 1:50 min.)
                                                               CLICK HERE

Spring & Fall Pollinator Planting Tips
                                                               CLICK HERE

Planting Seedlings & Transplants  (general) 
                                                               CLICK HERE

Seed Saving Notes
                                                               CLICK HERE

Edible Landscape Basics
                                                               CLICK HERE

Local Pollinator Species (BUGS!) Guide 
                                                            (fully illustrated)
                                                              CLICK HERE

Monarch Butterflies
                                                               CLICK HERE

Pesticides & Pollinators
                                                               CLICK HERE

"Managed" Honeybee Program Page
                                                               CLICK HERE

Nuisance Honeybee Removal
                                                               CLICK HERE

Donate to Promote this Pollinator Project!
                                                               CLICK HERE

A collaboration between
SUNY Potsdam's WISER Center
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) Environment Division
 and  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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