Andover Pollinator Awareness Project

Andover Pollinator Awareness Project

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Tune in to the Bumble Beer Bash on October 3rd! Sustainable landscape advice, live music, dogs in costume, and a tour inside a living beehive! https://www.pollinatorfriendly.org/bumble-beer-bash
The Backyard Bumble Bee Count starts today and runs through August 2! Learn more about how you can bee involved here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/backyard-bumble-bee-count
Have you ever wondered if it's possible to grow a healthy lawn with less water? A free, five-part webinar series from the Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science team wants to help answer that question. https://turf.umn.edu/watering-wisdom-webinar-series
National Pollinator Week began in 2007 when the United States Senate unanimously approved a week to help raise awareness and encourage actions at the local to international level addressing pollinator decline. https://mcusercontent.com/1c694344ff100effbb95f773a/_compresseds/a6a979fe-c961-4f77-95ef-2bedf5836f1d.jpg
These sweet little pollinator habitat signs are great for helping neighbors and passers-by discover pollinator friendly yards. Pressed metal, suggested donation of $20, 10" in diameter.
Email [email protected] to order.
Native Plant Sale: 9 am-Noon--Saturday, May 30th, at Andover City Hall: Vendors will be on hand to sell indigenous plant material to residents, including beautiful wildflowers. https://www.andovermn.gov/407/Andover-Pollinator-Awareness-Project
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Very striking video - worth a watch: https://youtu.be/1cvMX82iwRM
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This is a great collection of talks and stories about pollinators! Listen for yourself 🐝😍
Check out "Being the Change," a new ecological gardening blog from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. And Happy 50th Earth Day!

The Andover Pollinator Awareness Project was created to protect pollinators through education, habit

Remember: Hundreds of varieties of Minnesota-native bees, honey bees, butterflies, a large assortment of insects, birds and mammals all work in perfect harmony to pollinate plants that we, as humans, rely on as our food source; and directly impact our environment.

10/02/2022
pollinatorfriendly.org 09/30/2020

Bumble Beer Bash β€” Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Tune in to the Bumble Beer Bash on October 3rd! Sustainable landscape advice, live music, dogs in costume, and a tour inside a living beehive! https://www.pollinatorfriendly.org/bumble-beer-bash

pollinatorfriendly.org Bumble beer bash on October 3rd

09/08/2020

Fall nectar plants for pollinators and monarchs by Pollinator Friendly Alliance

https://youtu.be/SJTv_2lGL1A

Midwest fall nectar plants for pollinators and monarchs by Pollinator Friendly Alliance www.pollinatorfriendly.org

inaturalist.org 07/24/2020

BACKYARD BUMBLE BEE COUNT

The Backyard Bumble Bee Count starts today and runs through August 2! Learn more about how you can bee involved here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/backyard-bumble-bee-count

inaturalist.org Join us for the 2nd Annual Backyard Bumble Bee Count! Each bumble bee record submitted during the Backyard Bumble Bee Count helps researchers learn more about how bumble bees are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share. All observations collected July 24- August 2 will be included...

turf.umn.edu 07/02/2020

Watering Wisdom Webinar Series | Turfgrass Science

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to grow a healthy lawn with less water? A free, five-part webinar series from the Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science team wants to help answer that question. https://turf.umn.edu/watering-wisdom-webinar-series

turf.umn.edu

06/24/2020

National Pollinator Week began in 2007 when the United States Senate unanimously approved a week to help raise awareness and encourage actions at the local to international level addressing pollinator decline. https://mcusercontent.com/1c694344ff100effbb95f773a/_compresseds/a6a979fe-c961-4f77-95ef-2bedf5836f1d.jpg

06/08/2020

These sweet little pollinator habitat signs are great for helping neighbors and passers-by discover pollinator friendly yards. Pressed metal, suggested donation of $20, 10" in diameter.
Email [email protected] to order.

andovermn.gov 05/22/2020

Andover Pollinator Awareness Project | Andover, MN - Official Website

Native Plant Sale: 9 am-Noon--Saturday, May 30th, at Andover City Hall: Vendors will be on hand to sell indigenous plant material to residents, including beautiful wildflowers. https://www.andovermn.gov/407/Andover-Pollinator-Awareness-Project

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05/20/2020

C**n Creek Watershed District

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Happy ! Improving habitat for bees and other pollinators often can also improve water quality because you use less synthetic chemicals on your lawn. Also, planting pollinator friendly native plants usually reduces your need for excess watering or lawn chemicals!

If you're interested in learning more, read the article below. And if you'd like to apply for an individual grant for fall habitat improvement, the application is open until June 2!

05/19/2020

Biodiversity is collapsing worldwide. Here's why.

Very striking video - worth a watch: https://youtu.be/1cvMX82iwRM

In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, we look at how climate change is causing a decrease in biodiversity worldwide. Biodiversity is a meas...

05/17/2020

My Pocket Prairie

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My Pocket Prairie was born on the idea that anyone can, and should, have a native garden in their yard! Creating a little haven for our smallest neighbors ca...

pollinatorfriendly.org 05/14/2020

VIDEOS AND TALKS β€” Pollinator Friendly Alliance

This is a great collection of talks and stories about pollinators! Listen for yourself 🐝😍

pollinatorfriendly.org VIDEOS AND TALKS

link.medium.com 04/23/2020

Being the Change: Building the movement to protect pollinators

Check out "Being the Change," a new ecological gardening blog from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. And Happy 50th Earth Day!

link.medium.com A place where words matter

04/21/2020

Celebrating Beekeeping: More Than a Job

More than just a job, the art and craft of beekeeping is a true labor of love. As stewards of the bees they keep, the honey industry works together to delive...

04/01/2020

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Really cool video series from Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve! Check it out!

Learn all about germination in week 2 of Tillery's Garden! If you missed week 1 when Tillery planted her seeds (or if you want to follow along with our elementary school worksheets), you can find the video in any of grade level digital resources folders at z.umn.edu/cc_DigitalEd

03/31/2020

Anoka Soil & Water Conservation District

Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water is following guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health to limit the spread of COVID-19. All workshops will be held at their scheduled time online, through a simple live webinar format. Register here: https://bluethumb.org/event/fridley-l2l-resilient-yards/

03/24/2020

Anoka Soil & Water Conservation District

"No matter what kind of landscaping you have, holding off on your annual spring yard cleanup can make the difference between life or death for pollinators and other beneficial insects." http://www.mwmo.org/news/help-protect-pollinators-and-clean-water-with-these-eco-friendly-spring-yard-care-tips/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

02/24/2020

Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water

Bee a friend to pollinators! Minnesota residents, learn more about , the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources' cost-share and information-sharing program for supporting pollinators in you yard: https://bluethumb.org/lawns-to-legumes/.
Artist information: Aaron Bennett, a senior at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, primarily creates character-based digital illustrations. About this work: β€œI wanted to show people that bees are these amazing little creatures that bring with them beautiful and lush plants that we sometimes take for granted.” We'll be featuring MCAD artworks related to Lawns to Legumes throughout the year as part of a collaboration between MCAD, Metro Blooms/Blue Thumb and BWSR:https://bluethumb.org/lawns-to-legumes/featured-mcad-artists/

01/22/2020

We had a fun and informative night at the Lawns to Legumes Train the Trainer workshop yesterday! Here's our Queen Bee, Cheryl, with our brand new display! 😍 Look out for us at more events this summer! 🐝

01/20/2020

Who's Sleeping in your Winter Garden? Pollinators overwinter underground, in leaf litter, mulch piles, old wood, and stiff plant stems. Help pollinators overwinter by leaving your garden up for hibernating insects until late spring, eliminating pesticides, and leaving some not-so-tidy spots in your yard for nesting and pollinator habitat. 🐝

eventbrite.com 12/23/2019

Best Practices for Pollinators Summit 2020

Still time to register! Summit is on March 23rd, 2020.

eventbrite.com 5th ANNUAL Best Practices for Pollinator Summit INVITE THEM IN Rebuilding Biodiversity From the Ground Up Register for Session 1, Session 2, or BOTH: Session 1: Morning 8:00 AM - Noon Session 2: Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Limited Seating . Register early . Free parking & coffee 87% of Minnesota cit...

12/12/2019

A single tree can provide as much benefit to pollinators as a whole garden! Pre-order your tree and shrub saplings from Anoka Soil & Water Conservation District today!

This holiday season, give the gift that lasts a lifetime - a Tree! 🌲🌳 Call (763) 434-2030 or go online to order your MN native tree and shrub seedlings for pick up in April. Happy Holidays! http://bit.ly/ACDTreeSale

11/25/2019

Anoka Soil & Water Conservation District

So excited to lend a hand to support this program! 🐝🐝

The Lawns to Legumes program is coming to Anoka County! There are three ways you can be involved:

1. Attend the free training on Jan. 21st, 2020: https://bluethumb.org/events/

2. Apply for an individual mini-grant up to $350 to be awarded in spring 2020: https://bluethumb.org/lawns-to-legumes/

3. Indicate your interest in being part of a Demonstration Neighborhood in Anoka County: https://forms.gle/2tHNQ9g5eMDKvB2j7

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bluethumb.org 11/23/2019

What Is Lawns to Legumes? - Blue Thumb

The new Lawns to Legumes program is making a big buzz here in the City of Andover, MN and throughout Minnesota! The program was created to provide money and technical assistance to convert residential lawns into pollinator habitat in support of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and other at-risk pollinators. There are many ways to get involved! Learn more here:

bluethumb.org This program is a collaboration between Blue Thumb, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and Minnesota residents to establish residential pollinator habitat to support at-risk pollinator species. A key focus: protecting the newly-named state bee, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee. Minnes...

11/14/2019

Coming Soon... 2020 Best Practices for Pollinators

March 23, 2020 at the Silverwood Park Visitors Center

Registration opens in one week!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR

eventbrite.com 10/23/2019

Citizen Science: Wild Bees & Beetle Banks at St. Croix Regional Bluffs Park

Fun citizen scientist event upcoming on November 2nd at the St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park!

eventbrite.com Citizen Scientists alongside entomologists and naturalists, observe and count insects for beetle bank research study on beneficial insects AND check and count native wild bees that have tucked in to overwinter in the wild bee huts along the St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park research study area. Interes...

eventbrite.com 10/17/2019

Wild Ones 2020 Design With Nature Conference

This conference is always a blast! See you there! πŸπŸ¦‹

eventbrite.com SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020 James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota Where Have All the Fireflies Gone? Gardening in Challenging Times Exploring what we can do in our own small corners of the world to nurture, strengthen and sustain the compl...

turf.umn.edu 09/25/2019

Did we answer your question? A follow-up from the 2019 MN State Fair | Turfgrass Science

Glad to see that bee lawns and establishing fine fescues were popular topics for the UMN Turfgrass Science booth at the State Fair!

turf.umn.edu By Ryan Schwab Every year the UMN Turfgrass Science program has housed an outreach-education booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building during the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It is a fun way for us to take a break from the ongoing summer research and interact with our fellow Minnesotans and fo...

09/20/2019

Pollinators are on the lookout for sleeping quarters 🐝

Wait! Leave the leaves, and your gardens up until spring. Fall weather is just around the corner, where do pollinators overwinter?

-mulch or compost piles
-wood chip or leaf piles, dead wood cavities
-under tree bark, under siding
-in the ground
-inside hollow stiff standing plant stems

Fun facts:
-Only one bumble bee makes it over winter - the queen
-The monarch is the only lepidoptera that migrates great distances
-Many wild native bees are solitary, and overwinter alone
-Some bees mate before hibernating, then build a nest, lay eggs and collect pollen to raise their young single-handed.

cleanwatermn.org 09/18/2019

Fighting to Understand Bees in Decline - Clean Water Minnesota

"News stories about colony collapse have made it clear: bees are in trouble. Widespread pesticide use and habitat loss have had a devastating effect on bee populations around the country. While awareness of human impact on pollinators is improving, we’re still learning about the diversity of wild bees that populate our landscape."

cleanwatermn.org Widespread pesticide use and habitat loss have had a devastating effect on the diverse populations of wild bees that pollinate our landscape.

startribune.com 09/11/2019

As monarch butterflies vanish, University of Minnesota investigates road salt as culprit β€” and cure

"Too much sodium is toxic for butterflies and can delay or hinder their muscle development. But smaller amounts may prove beneficial."

startribune.com Too much sodium is toxic for butterflies and can delay or hinder their muscle development. But smaller amounts may prove beneficial.

09/04/2019

"A new opportunity to protect pollinators and enhance habitat will soon be available to Minnesota residents through Lawns to Legumes, a program being developed by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources."

Read the full article here: https://bwsr.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/2019-09/Snapshots-story-1-September-2019-Lawns-to-Legumes.pdf

08/26/2019

Andover Pollinator Awareness Project's cover photo

anokamastergardeners.org 08/09/2019

BECOME A MASTER GARDENER β€” Anoka County Master Gardeners

Applications for the 2020 class of Anoka County Master Gardeners is now open! Read more at the link below:

anokamastergardeners.org Do you love gardening? Do you have a desire for life-long learning? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge or skills with others? If you answered YES to those questions, you are on the way.

08/07/2019

Andover Pollinator Awareness Project's cover photo

07/29/2019

Thank you again for supporting our Fifth Annual Pollinator Garden Tour! The rain did not deter these brave gardeners πŸπŸ’™ See you next year!

Our Story

The City of Andover established this group of dedicated volunteers in 2015 with an overall goal of working to protect pollinators. The recent decline in pollinators due to factors including habitat loss, disease, parasites, and pesticides spurred the group's creation. Some activities occurring include but are not limited to the following:


  • Educate residents on steps they can take to become pollinator friendly (click HERE to read U of M Master Gardener Kim Billings' "10 things you can do");

  • Became a "Bee-safe" community;

  • Coordinate and promote landscaping projects that feature alternative, low-maintenance plants that save water, improve water quality, and benefit local wildlife, including pollinators;
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    Just had to share the sedums and the Painted Lady butterfly's.
    One of my newest discoveries a few weeks back... honey bees working the water lilies out by my dock on Crooked Lake.

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