AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is set to hold a Pollinator Symposium on June 5 at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street in North Creek.
The Symposium will be aimed at equipping farmers, groundskeepers, public park managers, gardeners, and local government agencies with the knowledge to help preserve and build crucial pollinator populations in the Adirondacks.
Benjamin Vogt, author of A New Garden Ethic, will be keynote speaker. Vogt is known for empowering advice on creating sustainable wildlife habitats in everyday settings such as parks, yards, roadsides, and gardens.
Besides Vogt, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist from Xerces Society will present on Pollinator Habitat Restoration Using Organic Site Preparation Methods and Jay Burney, Special Projects Director and Founder of the Pollinator Conservation Association will present on A Success Story: Conservation Planning, Implementation, and Long-term management and creating opportunities to invest in conservation.
Four breakout sessions will also be offered during the Symposium, including Integrated Pest Management for Thriving Pollinator Gardens with Dr. Carly Summers, Agricultural Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County; Monarchs in the Rough: Pollinator Conservation for golf clubs and institutional groundskeepers with Audubon International; A New Garden Ethic Q&A – Benjamin Vogt and Organic Site Prep Q&A – Sarah Foltz Jordan.
AdkAction will debut their newly-created a Mobile Pollinator Garden Trailer at the Symposium. The trailer will be roving the Adirondack Park this summer, assisting community groups in pollinator-friendly projects.
The Pollinator Symposium will run from 10 am to 4 pm and include lunch. Tuition is $40 and attendees can register and get additional information online.
Concerned that in some areas of the US, pollinator — bee, butterfly, moth, bird and other insect — populations have fallen to record low levels, AdkAction founded the Adirondack Pollinator Project in 2016.
The Project is sponsored by AdkAction in collaboration with The Wild Center, Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Paul Smith’s College. The Project’s mission is to build an understanding of the local and global importance of pollinators and inspiring individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive.