Spring! Glorious Spring!

It’s been so long awaited this year, the year that winter would never end, but now at last, it’s time to plant! Here are two upcoming events not to be missed with a focus on our pollinators’ favorite forage; native plants. Natives; rich with with pollen, brimming with nectar, and with a wild beauty that’s as hardy as we are! Your bees, butterflies and bumbles will thank you.
See you there!
Bee Swell,
Nora

Saturday May 31, 2014

Native Plants for Pollinators Sale
Natural Shore Technologies
5300 Highway 12, Maple Plain, MN
Book Signing 10 am – 3 pm
Book signing by Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants, a beautiful and comprehensive guide to the plant communities which support our native pollinators, with over 1600 photos and illustrations.

June 7, 2014 · 9am-3pm

Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo and Market
Community Pavilion at the Roseville Rainbow Foods
1201 Larpenteur Ave W (NE corner of Larpenteur & Fernwood, just west of Lexington)
Roseville, MN 55113
The Landscape Revival – Native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from eight conservation organizations. Accessory products such as organic compost, rain barrels and native plant seed will also be for sale. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon Society, Wild Ones and Blue Thumb.

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Publications

Links

Worldwide Integrated Assessment

The Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (WIA) has examined over 800 scientific studies spanning the last five years, including industry sponsored ones. It is the single most comprehensive study of neonics ever undertaken, is peer reviewed, and published as free access so that the findings and the source material can be thoroughly examined by others.

Great Pollinator Project

A project of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and the Greenbelt Native Plant Center Greenbelt Native Plant Center in collaboration with the Great Sunflower Project in San Francisco.

Bee Squad

Inspired by Dr. Marla Spivak at the U of MN Bee Lab, the Bee Squad helps beekeepers and the community in the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations and pollinator landscapes through education and hands-on mentorship.

The Xerces Society » Pollinator Conservation

Information on the biology and conservation of native bees, provided by the XercesSociety for Invertebrate Conservation.

Project Wild

A wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.