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Wildflowers for Pollinators: Citizen Science Meadowscaping Project is an exciting new international program developed in collaboration with the Idaho Panhandle Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project (B2B) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), and in association with KinSeed, your local ecological gardening consulting and native plant seed company.  This project is funded by Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (Kootenay Conservation Program).

Wildflowers for Pollinators supports the conservation of native plants (wildflowers) and native pollinators (bees, butterflies), and addresses the continued loss of meadow habitat in the West Kootenay.  Meadowscapingthe creation and enhancement of meadow habitat through a coordinated planting of native wildflower seeds – can result in direct conservation benefits.   This program aims to create a variety of meadowscaped patches throughout the Kootenay Lake region, through citizen science training, the creation of stewardship partnerships and agreements, and one-on-one assistance with wildflower species selection, meadow site preparation, and planting.

Pollinator meadows are a symphony of interrelationships: a diversity of native plants attracting and supporting a diversity of wild pollinators throughout the season and, in turn, producing and sustaining more native wildflowers.  The Wildflower Seed Library Citizen Science approach, adopted from the B2B Initiative and adapted for use in this program, will create a repository of  locally adapted (“ecotypic”) seeds that can be saved, and distributed for regional meadow making and ecological restoration projects.  You can assist us build this Seed Library by becoming a Citizen Scientist and receive training in local plant identification and seed collection. 

Join us in this Wildflowers for Pollinators program and actively contribute to sciencefocused and community-engaged conservation and get outside and connect with the land and nature that will have meaningful and enduring benefits for many beings!

 

“Improving habitat diversity within the landscape, …[has] been shown to ameliorate pollinator loss, boost pollinator numbers and improve ecosystem services. … appropriate local, national and global actions are needed to mitigate [the threats to native pollinators].”

– WWF 2018 Living Planet Report

 

There are three ways to be involved in the Wildflowers for Pollinators program:

 

(A) Meadowscaping Citizen Science Training Workshop

June 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Balfour Community Hall

Participants will learn plant and pollinator identification, seed collection methods, and the meadowscaping approach.  Lunch and light refreshments are provided!

 

(B) Wildflower Seed Library

Come to the workshop and learn how to collect native wildflower seeds, ethically and appropriately, over the summer.  These seeds will be properly cleaned and stored, and many will be used to enhance or create new meadows in the Kootenay Lake region.

Three seed collection training days will occur throughout the summer, likely starting in June.  Please check back for dates!

 

(C) Pollinator Meadows

Through a meadowscaping process, learn how to enhance or create new wildflower meadows that will support native pollinators.  We will provide assistance with site assessment and preparation in the spring, and planting in the fall.  You can help us by collecting seed over the summer.  Meadow sites will be selected throughout the Kootenay Lake region and will be a combination of both conservation lands and private properties.

 

“…the single most effective action you can take [to support bees and pollination services] is to plant native wildflower habitat.”

– Xerces Society

 

Project Funders and Partners

 

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