Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems many animals rely on for food and shelter.
Over half of the diets of fats and oils come from crops pollinated worldwide by pollinators alone and facilitate the reproduction in 90 percent of the world’s flowering plants. Pollinators are needed in the production of over 130 different human food crops and are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat and beverages we drink.
A world without pollinators would be devastating. As nature lovers and educators, the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge (in Wilmington) and SkyLyfeADK are collaborating to implement an extensive pollinator project named Operation Pollinator Rescue.
The objective of this project is to educate the public on the global importance of our suffering pollinators. Through leadership and education, we hope to build a love for some of the world’s most important creatures. We will offer an array of fun and interactive programs developed to share in the amazing lives of pollinators.
Join us for our weekly pollinator adventure. This year we will feature a butterfly house with a small admission fee, where visitors can have an up-close view of all stages of butterfly life. These proceeds will help us further our conservation efforts. Grand opening for the butterfly house will be announced in the near future and will continue every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the Summer. We also reach out to make a positive impact on local pollinator populations as well as replacing vital habitat that support pollinators here in the Adirondacks.
Our pollinator project initiatives are to save at least 1,500 monarchs from habitat destruction and release healthy butterflies weekly back into the dwindling wild population. We will be replacing lost habitat through the planting of beds with wild flowers that provide a large nectar source along with 50,000 milkweeds seeds. We would like to invite the public to join us in planting the milkweed seeds during there visit in our butterfly sanctuary that provides food and shelter for many pollinators. Seed Packets will be available on site this summer. These plants help to build a chain of gardens north to south for migrating pollinators and makes a drastic difference in how many pollinators make the full journey south.
We will be part of a disease monitoring system that contains scientific data on local populations, climate and disease statistics. We will be registering as a Monarch waystation and will tag at least 200 Monarchs to help track the location in which monarchs from the Adirondacks choose for a winter resting ground. We will also have available native bee habitats to get the public involved in boosting local populations.
SkyLyfeADK partners with Monarch Watch and The National Federation of Wildlife to share vital statistical data pertaining to Lepidoptera. As professionals, it is our hope to combine our efforts with the public through education and a personal experience in conservation by implementing two Monarch adoption opportunities. You can learn more about our Adoption Programs on Skylyfeadk.com. If you’re interested in adopting a Monarch this summer and contributing in replacing the dwindling population, you can e-mail us at [email protected]. We will be happy to send you more information on how you can adopt and release your own Monarch this year.
Last year, thanks to the love and efforts of the public, an additional 293 healthy Monarchs were released back to nature by individuals.
Take a little time this season to visit the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and SkyLyfeADK and be part of making a real change.