The Adirondack Pollinator Project, established in 2017 with a goal of building understanding about the importance of pollinators and inspiring individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive, has developed an exciting new program for 2018. In collaboration with our project partners—The Wild Center and The Lake Placid Land Conservancy—the new program features a Plant Sale fundraiser, distinguished guest lecturers, screenings of a wonderful short film, a gift basket raffle, and an end of the summer Benefit Dinner. We will also continue to distribute APP project brochures and complimentary local wildflower packets at local farmer’s markets and other events.
Plant Sale: The plant sale will continue thru May 31. The most important thing you can do to help hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees in the Adirondacks is to plant a pollinator garden. With the help of Cook & Gardener Nursery, we have carefully chosen pollinator plants that will thrive in the Adirondacks. All of the plants offered have been sourced or grown from seed to ensure that they have never come in contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides that are harmful to pollinators). We are offering large, blooming-sized plants for only $10 each. For more information, visit adkaction.org/plant sale (but hurry, as plants are selling out).
Guest Lectures: We are delighted to sponsor two guest lectures this summer:
1. The Pollinator Victory Garden Lecture, “Winning the War on Pollinator Decline” by Kim Eierman
June 11, 2018, 6 PM, at the Plattsburgh Wine Co., reception to follow
June 12, 2018, 6 PM, at The Wild Center, reception to follow
Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial. She is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants.
2. “Monarchs in a Changing World,” by Dr. Karen Oberhauser
August 10, 2018, 6 PM, at The Wild Center, reception to follow
Dr. Karen Oberhauser is the Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum.
Short Film Showings:
"A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee,” by Clay Bolt
Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. This 20-minute film shows natural history photographer Clay Bolt on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species--the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee. Ideal for all ages.
June 27, 6 PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts
July 18, 6 PM, Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake
August 22, 4:30 PM, The Strand Theatre in Old Forge
Daily showing all summer at The Wild Center
Gift Basket Raffle:
We will be selling raffle tickets for "The Ultimate Pollinator Gift Basket." The basket, with a retail value of $500, will include deluxe local wildflower seeds, candied honey teaspoons, locally-sourced raw local honey, beeswax candles, two bottles of outstanding wine, and so much more.
Save the Date for the APP Benefit Dinner:
Our 2018 benefit dinner will take place on Thursday, August 23rd at Moonstone Farm and Forest in Saranac Lake from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Join us for a locally-pollinated 4-course meal in a blissful setting. Celebrate the vibrant colors, flavors, and smells of flowers and food with great company. Casual attire. Tickets are $100. To reserve: adkaction.org/event-2905861
For more APP details, visit adkaction.org/pollinators/