June 4, 2019 - The City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) will host two events to celebrate the Pollinator Partnership's National Pollinator Week. Every year in June for one week, organizations all around the country raise awareness for pollinators, their importance to our ecosystem, how to reduce our impacts to pollinators, how to improve their habitat and other ways to get involved.
Animal pollinators, including bees, butterflies, beetles, bats and birds, are responsible for the reproduction of 75% of flowering plants. Pollinators contribute to ecosystem health and a sustainable food supply. Pollinator Week, initiated and managed by the Pollinator Partnership, is a week dedicated to uniting the nation around the issue of pollinator conservation. This year Pollinator Week is June 17–23. For more information on nationwide events, visit www.pollinator.org. To get involved locally, join NAP for one of these workdays in Ann Arbor's pollinator habitats.
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.–noon
Kuebler Langford Nature Area
Under NAP's care, a prairie has been restored to this once-disturbed site. Butterflies, bees and other pollinators live in this habitat. Celebrate National Pollinator week by improving their home. Team up with NAP to remove invasive species such as sweet clover to keep the native prairie plants thriving. Meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Drive, north of Sunset Road (map).
Sunday, June 23, 1–4 p.m.
Pollinator Week is an international celebration of the services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Olson Park is home to a variety of pollinators, including the uncommon wild indigo duskywing butterfly. Help provide quality habitat for pollinators by removing non-native plants. Meet at the park entrance on Dhu Varren Road, just east of Pontiac Trail (map).
For all NAP Stewardship Workdays, please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Stewardship workday events are free. No RSVP is necessary for these Pollinator Week events, however if you have questions, or if you'd like to volunteer with your group of eight or more, please contact NAP at 734.794.6627 or NAP@a2gov.org.
Established in 1997, Pollinator Partnership (P2) is the largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the health, protection, and conservation of all pollinating animals. P2's actions for pollinators include education, conservation, restoration, policy and research. P2's financial support comes through grants, gifts, memberships and donations from any interested party. P2's policies are science-based, set by its board of directors and never influenced by any donor. For more information visit www.pollinator.org.
City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. Both staff and volunteers perform these tasks. For more information about NAP, visit www.a2gov.org/NAP.
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