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  • 17 Jun 2017 7:53 PM | AdkAction.org (Administrator)

    Adirondack Pollinator Project Takes Flight


    The Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP) is a blossoming new initiative of AdkAction in partnership with The Wild Center, The Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Common Ground Gardens, that features an extensive program of educational activities and events throughout the summer. The program will kick off at area farmers’ markets and The Wild Center during National Pollinator Week, June 19-25th.

    The Adirondack Pollinator Project’s mission is to inspire individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive. Film showings, hands-on beekeeping, gardening and citizen science workshops, and free public lectures by pollinator researchers are planned throughout the Adirondacks--from the Champlain Valley to Old Forge--to achieve this mission.  Highlights of the programming are two free public lectures from Dr. Christina Grozinger, Director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University, at The Wild Center on July 19th and at View Arts in Old Forge on July 20th.

    Pollinators need diverse pollen and nectar sources, so the Adirondack Pollinator Project is distributing 30,000 free seed packets to help the Adirondacks bloom with hope for our pollinators. The seeds are a mix of annual and perennial wildflowers that are appropriate for the region, including many Adirondack natives. Seeds will be distributed throughout the Park along with a colorful brochure explaining the importance of pollinators for biodiversity and food security.

    “Bees and butterflies are a non-threatening topic for discussion,” said Brittany Christenson, executive director of AdkAction, “and yet when the conversation begins, we invariably find ourselves talking about deeper issues like insecticides, pesticides, industrial agriculture, and climate change. We are excited to inspire more of these conversations across the Park this summer.”

    Pollinators help produce approximately 1/3 of the food we eat. In New York State alone, bees and other pollinators provide some $350 million in pollination services each year. These sentinel creatures are in trouble across the globe. According to Jen Kretser, Director of Programs at The Wild Center, “Climate change is a real challenge to pollinators because they rely on seasonal changes to bring about timely blooms. A changing climate disrupts this regular pattern, and in turn, threatens how pollinators function in our ecosystem”

    Homeowners can play an important role by providing diverse floral habitat by converting part of their lawn to a pollinator gardens or no-mow zones, adding nesting habitat, and avoiding plants treated with neonicotinoids. Adirondack residents can also help by buying local and organic foods (or growing their own at Common Ground Gardens) and engaging in citizen science with the help of Lake Placid Land Conservancy. These efforts will help more than just pollinators. They help our communities harmonize with nature, combat climate change, and boost the local economy.

    A full schedule of events is available online at AdkAction.org/pollinators.  Please note that some workshops and events require an RSVP and there may be an additional charge. 

    You are invited to support the Adirondack Pollinator Project by making a tax-deductible donation at AdkAction.org/contribute. Your entire donation will be used to inspire action to help pollinators thrive. AdkAction is a 501(c)(3) membership-driven non-profit that has been working to promote habitat for Monarch butterflies in the Adirondacks since 2014. The success of AdkAction’s Monarch Project inspired and formed Adirondack Pollinator Project.  

    The Adirondack Pollinator Project acknowledges these sponsors: The Adirondack Garden Club, Under the Sun Landscaping, Northern New York Audubon, and our media sponsor: North Country Public Radio.

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