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AdkAction, along with our project partners The Wild Center, The Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Common Ground Gardens, are delighted to announce a preliminary program of activities and events for the Adirondack Pollinator Project. Mark your calendars now for these fun events!
Pollinator Week, June 19-25:
Launch of daily, summer-long showings of “The Beekeeper” (a 9-minute short) at the Wild Center (start date tba).
We will be at area Farmers’ markets to distribute Adirondack Wildflower Seed packet and our new Pollinator Project brochure. We will distribute 30,000 free seed packets and brochures throughout the Adirondacks to ensure pollinators have plenty of nectar plants to visit this year.
Farmers' Market Schedule
Lake Placid - Wednesday, June 21th
Tupper Lake - Thursday, June 22st
Elizabethtown - Friday, June 23nd
Saranac Lake - Saturday, June 24rd
Plattsburgh - Saturday, June 24rd
Keene - Sunday, June 25th
We will partner with The Wild Center for daily showings of “The Beekeeper” from May-September, 2017. We will also sponsor screenings of the acclaimed film, “More Than Honey,” a full-length, 1 hour, 35 minute movie about bees (100% Rotten Tomatoes Rating ).
Sunday, June 18, 6 pm: At The Pendragon Theater in Saranac Lake.
Thursday, July 6 (time tba): At The Strand Theater in Plattsburgh with a panel featuring Dick Crawford, President of Champlain Valley Beekeepers Association and honey products.
Thursday, August 24th, afternoon: at the LPCA following habitat demonstration at Heaven Hill Farm
"Living Lawn" Demonstration
Wednesday, July 19: 12:00- 2:30 pm. Lake Placid Garden Club demonstration of the process of converting a lawn into a pollinator habitat for the “1/3 for pollinators” initiative.
Lectures by pollinator experts
Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 pm: Dr. Christina Grozinger (Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State University) Lecture and Reception at the Wild Center
Thursday July 20 (time tba): Dr. Christina Grozinger Lecture and Reception at the View in Old Forge
7. Adk Pollinator Project Fundraising Dinner
Thursday, August 31, 6 pm: at Joan Grabe’s (AdkAction Board member) Camp on Upper Saranac Lake. $100/seat. We will announce the winner of the Flow Hive donated by Common Ground Gardens,
Go to AdkAction.org/donate if you would like to make a donation to this project, thank you!
This year's Monarch outlook from Chip Taylor, data to this point in time suggest that this year will be a repeat of 2014 with a significant decline in the migration and the overwintering numbers. Numbers will be down in Pennsylvania, New York and most of the East north of Maryland. Read more here:
Brittany Christenson hired as full-time executive director of project support group.
Read the article in the Press Republican.
Numbers this year are similar to those reported in 2013, when the monarch population was at an all-time low. Read about the storm in the article by CBC News.
After being denied permission to enter the protected monarch butterfly habitat in Mexico, researchers used drones and satellite photos to document the illegal forest destruction. See the photos and read more about the story by Richard Levine.
Large-scale salvage logging is being conducted in the aftermath of the March 2016 storm that struck the monarch overwintering colonies in Mexico. This has an extremely damaging effect by degrading the protective canopy of the fir forest and increasing the exposure of the monarchs to cold, wind, rain, and snow. See the rest of the story by clicking here.
Long-term declines in the overwintering Eastern population of North American monarch butterflies are significantly increasing their likelihood of becoming extinct over the next two decades, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and U.S. Geological Survey research recently published. The new study, available in the journal Scientific Reports, found that the Eastern migratory monarch population declined by 84 percent from the winter of 1996-1997 to the winter of 2014-2015.
Although there has been an upturn in the Monarch Butterfly numbers, this is within a 20-year overall downward trend. Read about future challenges in Professor Williams' letter to the editor published in The New York Times.
Monarch expert, Chip Taylor, reports that the monarchs and structural integrity of the forest where they spend the winter sustained damage. Read about the impact the recent snow storm had on the colonies of monarchs in Mexico and view the video.
The number of butterflies hibernating in Mexico cover 10 acres this year, an area more than three times as large as last year. Read the story from the New York Times.
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