Pollinator Pathway Workshop at the Zoo

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Photo courtesy of G. Griffiths.

Have you heard birds in the morning, or noticed a few bees buzzing around your backyard? Our local pollinators are back in action this spring, and we’re here to help you learn how you can attract more of them to your backyard. You’re invited to join Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust and the Thompson Park Zoo for an exciting pollinator pathway workshop on Thursday, May 11th from 3-5 p.m. at the zoo. The registration deadline is Monday, May 8th.

The idea of a ‘pollinator pathway’ is to use backyard gardens in urban spaces to provide a welcoming habitat for pollinators. No matter the size of your garden, you can take the lead and create change with this exciting community project. During the workshop you will also learn why using native plant species in your garden can help pollinators and prevent the establishment of invasive species. Participants will be encouraged to map their yards or gardens with an online citizen science project called Habitat Network, powered by YardMap at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy. This tool teaches users how they can increase natural habitat for pollinators and other wildlife using native vegetation and design techniques. If you’re unable to attend the workshop but would like to learn more about YardMap please visit: http://content.yardmap.org/.

The workshop will be led by Sue Gwise of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Megan Pistolese of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM). Bring your questions and enthusiasm for gardening to this workshop – together we can help create even more habitat for pollinators in the North Country.

To register and for more information please contact Pollinator Pathway Coordinator Megan Pistolese at megan.pistolese@tnc.org or 315-387-3600 ext. 7724. The registration deadline is Monday, May 8th.

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