THE ADIRONDACK POLLINATOR PROJECT
Pollinators are responsible for 1 our of every 3 bites on our plates, but they face huge challenges.
Let's work together to create pollinator habitat and protect these vital insects.
Building on the success of our public education efforts on the ecology of the monarch butterfly, we are expanding on the monarch project to include all pollinators.
This new project will focus on bees and other pollinators, with a similar goal of raising public awareness of the economic and other importance of bees and other pollinators in our ecosystem, for food production and food security, and the extreme environmental dangers faced by these important pollinators. We are excited to bring you lectures by experts, gardening demonstrations, films, workshops, and free seeds to the Adirondacks. Events will begin during National Pollinator Week, June 19-25th, and our full Schedule of Events will be announced in May, 2017.
June 18: Showing of "More than Honey" at Pendragon in Saranac LakeJune 19-25: National Pollinator Week - We will be attending farmers' markets to give out free native Adirondack flowering plant seeds and begin raffling off a Flow Hive for some lucky person to try their hand at back-yard beekeeping!
July 19: Dr. Christina Grozinger (Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State University) Lecture and Reception at the Wild Center.
July 20: Dr. Christina Grozinger (Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State University) Lecture and Reception at The View in Old Forge.
August 31, 6 pm: The Adirondack Pollinator Project Fundraising Dinner at Joan Grabe’s (AdkAction Board member) Camp on Upper Saranac Lake. $100/person. Announce the winner of the Flow Hive donated by Uncommon Ground.
We will be showing "More than Honey" at six venues around the Adirondacks to raise awareness about the realities of beekeeping across the globe, and remind everyone just how vital bees are to our survival as a species.
Showings of "More than Honey"
July 6: Strand Theater in Plattsburgh
June 18: Pendragon in Saranac Lake
June 22: Whallongsburg Grange Hall (tentative)
July 27: LPCA in Lake Placid
Whole colonies are dying in record numbers. Why the bees are dying is a mystery. Dr. Grozinger from Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research will be giving an expert lecture at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on July 19th and at the View in Old Forge on July 20th.
You Can Help
1. Plant a pollinator garden - Start with the seed packet provided in this brochure and visit adkaction.org/pollinators to watch videos about how to convert your yard to pollinator habitat.
2. Encourage your workplace to plan their landscape with pollinators in mind. Download the letter to your workplace from our website.
3. Abstain from using pesticides and herbicides. Pick weeds by hand instead of spraying chemicals that are toxic to pollinators.
4. Buy local and organic produce when possible. Conventionally grown crops often rely on mono-cropping, which is highly destructive to pollinator habitat. Become a patron of your local farmers’ market and natural food stores, and look for the USDA organic label when shopping.
5. Become a member of AdkAction.org - Amplify your impact by supporting the programming we provide through the Adirondack Pollinator Project. (AdkAction.org/join-contribute)
6. Join citizen-science efforts - Visit: LakePlacidLandConservancy.org to learn how to monitor pollinators on your property with the help of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy.
PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS
Five Steps to Success for Establishing Perennial Wildflower Plantings for Pollinators
Pollinator Habitat 101: Incorporating Flowers on Farms to Support Bees
NYS Pollinator Protection Plan
"Wild pollinators and managed bees, typically honeybees and bumblebees kept by beekeepers, are critically important to the health of New York’s environment, as well as the strength of the state’s agricultural economy. New York has more than seven-million acres in agricultural production, and many of the state’s leading crops, such as apples, cabbage, berries, pumpkins and several other fruits, rely heavily on insect pollination. "
On June 24th, 2016 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the recommendations of the New York State Pollinator Task Force in the "New York State Pollinator Protection Plan." To address the decline in pollinators that has occurred in recent years, last year the Governor directed the Commissioners of the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation to meet with farmers, research institutions and key industry leaders to develop a roadmap to conserve and grow pollinator populations across the state. Pollinators – which include various types of bees and butterflies – contribute significantly to the state’s agricultural economy by adding roughly $350 million in pollination services on an annual basis.
At the same time the plan was announced, AdkAction.org decided to expand it's Monarch Project to include all pollinators, and the Adirondack Pollinator Project was born. Our project elements are based on the recommendations made by the highly-qualified pollinator task force to ensure that our efforts are fruitful. You can read the Pollinator Protection in it's entirety here.