THE ADIRONDACK POLLINATOR PROJECT
Pollinator Yard Signs Available
Your pollinator garden may be certified added to the Adirondack Pollinator Project Registry if you meet the following guidelines:
1. You have planted or allowed to flourish at least three species of perennial native flowering plants in your garden. (Ideally you will provide nectar sources that bloom sequentially or continuously during the season.)
2. You are committed to maintaining your garden without chemicals.
3. "Let it bee" each fall to provide overwintering habitat for pollinators - Leave your leaves where they fall, allow dried flower heads to stay standing, Let the grass grow tall and seed, and if you have fallen branches--build a brush pile and leave until spring.
If you meet these guidelines, you may purchase a "Pollinators Welcome" yard sign below:
FREE ADIRONDACK WILDFLOWER SEEDS
Pollinators need diverse pollen and nectar sources, so we are distributing 30,000 free seed packets in 2017 and 2018 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.
Seeds will be available once again in April, 2018.
SPRING 2018 PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER
To encourage you to transform your yard into pollinator habitat, we offered large, blooming-sized plants for only $10 each. Planting packages that include garden designs and all the plants needed to create them were also available. The sale ended on May 31st, and we look forward to offering neonicotinoid-free plants again next year!
Past 2018 Events
FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
The Pollinator Victory Garden Lecture by Kim Eierman: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline
June 11, 2018 at Plattsburgh Wine Co., 6:00 PM, reception to follow
June 12, 2018 at The Wild Center, 6:00 PM, reception to follow
Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial. She is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, and the Rutgers Home Gardeners School.
Lecture Summary: Many pollinator species have suffered serious declines in recent years. It’s a serious problem for all of us since pollinators are responsible for the pollination of 80% of all flowering plants, and at least 30% of the food that we eat. Unfortunately, most of our landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat and forage. With simple strategies, you can attract and support not just bees, but an array of pollinators that have different requirements. Learn how to create a Pollinator Victory Garden to help win the war on pollinator decline.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser: Monarchs in a Changing World
August 10, 2018 at The Wild Center at 6:00 pm, reception to follow
Dr. Karen Oberhauser is the Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum. In 1996, she started a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Karen has authored over 90 papers on her research on monarchs, insect conservation, and citizen science.
Lecture Summary: Monarchs, like many other organisms, face contemporary challenges of a rapidly changing climate. Their capacity to cope with the challenges of altered temperature and precipitation patterns, and increasingly frequent extreme weather events, remains uncertain. Dr. Oberhauser will explore the direct effects of climate on monarch development, reproduction, and lifespan.
SHORT FILM SHOWINGS
"A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee"
June 27th - Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid at 6:00 pm
July 18th - Pendragon Theater in Saranac Lake at 6:00 pm
Daily Showings all summer at The Wild Center and by request at the Paul Smith's College VIC
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. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – has become his ‘white whale.’
A film by Day's Edge Productions, produced in partnership with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Endangered Species Chocolate. With music by Dan Warren, New West Studios, and Cloud Cult.
ANNUAL POLLINATOR BENEFIT DINNER
Our 2018 benefit dinner will take place on Thursday, August 23rd at Moonstone Farm and Forest in Saranac Lake, NY from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Join us for a locally-pollinated 4-course meal in a blissful setting at Moonstone Farm and Forest. Celebrate the vibrant colors, flavors, and smells of locally pollinated flowers and food with great company. You are welcome to dress in casual attire. Tickets are $100.
(Photos at the left are from our 2017 Pollinator Benefit Dinner)
Lake Placid Land Conservancy and The Adirondack Pollinator Project want to help you learn how to identify and monitor pollinators. Whether you download an app and start collecting data, or enroll your property in a monitoring program, you will be helping to conserve pollinator habitat in a meaningful way. No lab coat required.
Have you ever admired a flower and wondered what it was called or seen a butterfly and wished to know its name? iNaturalist will not only allow you to deepen your understanding of the flora and fauna you encounter, but will also help create a large poll of data that can aid in local and national conservation efforts.
LPLC's Conservation Monitoring Program
Learn whether your property is suitable for pollinators, for instance, by looking at specific habitat requirements, such as open space and a diversity of flowering plants. We will then enroll eligible landowners who will observe for the presence of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Landowners will record their observations which will be entered into a public database where the data can then be easily reviewed and organized. If the property supports a more intensive project and the landowner is willing, LPLC will then reach out to expert scientists to implement more thorough protocols for monitoring.