The Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP) is once again celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, to highlight the critical importance of pollinators to biodiversity, food availability, and the economy. 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. This year’s programs are being delivered digitally.

The Adirondack Pollinator Project is a project of AdkAction in partnership with The Wild Center, The Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Paul Smith’s College, with the mission of inspiring individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive. Creative digital program offerings throughout National Pollinator Week will allow people of all ages to learn about pollinators, gardening with native plants, and more.

Each weekday during National Pollinator Week, The Wild Center will host a noon program focused on pollinators. On Monday, June 22, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy will offer a citizen science training to teach participants how to use the iNaturalist app to identify plants and pollinators. Paul Smith’s College will offer a Bee Box Building workshop to create habitat for native bees on Tuesday, and Saranac Lake Community Solar Project will share their plans for creating pollinator habitat under their solar arrays and help interested locals learn how to save on their energy bill while supporting renewable energy and promoting pollinators.

On Thursday evening, AdkAction will welcome author and pollinator-expert Kim Eierman to present her lecture, “The Pollinator Victory Garden: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline.” She will teach participants how, with simple strategies, it is easy to attract and support bees and other pollinators. Learn how to create a Pollinator Victory Garden to help win the war on pollinator decline.

In addition to the programming, Adirondack residents are encouraged to request free seed packets to help pollinators in their own yards. Pollinators need diverse pollen and nectar sources, so the Adirondack Pollinator Project is continuing to distribute thousands of free seed packets to help the Adirondacks bloom with hope for our pollinators. The seeds are a mix of over 30 different perennial native wildflowers selected for our region. Seeds will be distributed along with a colorful brochure explaining the importance of pollinators. Individuals can request seed packets at AdkAction.org/pollinators.

“Homeowners can play an important role by providing diverse floral habitat by converting part of their lawn to a pollinator garden or no-mow zone, adding nesting habitat, and avoiding plants treated with neonicotinoids,” According to Brittany Christenson, executive director of AdkAction. “Buying local and organic foods can also make a big difference because commercial crops are often treated with pesticides that are harmful to pollinators.”

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.

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