What’s the Buzz? Promoting Pollinators in Streamside Landscapes

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program invites you to join us for an educational program about native pollinators and streamside landscapes!

Date: Saturday, September 26th 9:30 am to 12:00pm 

Karner Blue butterfly collecting nectar

Karner Blue collecting nectar

The program will take place at Amy’s Take-Away in Lanesville, NY.

Amy’s Take-Away is adjacent to Hollow Tree Brook. The site showcases an excellent example of a healthy streamside buffer with native plants provided and installed by the Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative program and the landowner to attract local pollinators. The buffer is an example of how to plan for an attractive and functional streamside plantings, working with the challenges of dynamic mountain streams, plant species selection, long-term maintenance, and best management practices.

The program will take a close look at native pollinators, explaining how maintaining native riparian buffers can provide important habitat for attracting pollinators and how both bees and riparian buffers are vital to Catskill ecosystems. The program will feature guest speaker Tim Stanley, a Master Naturalist and founder of Native Beeology, who specializes in pollinators. Stanley will speak about creating habitat diversity within back yards and gardens for pollinators.

Bobby Taylor, AWSMP’s Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) Coordinator with Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District, will give a brief talk about the details of the CSBI Program. Taylor will give an introduction to riparian buffers, benefits to streamside buffer protection for landowners, how to get involved in the program, and types of assistance available.

The program will include a walk around the buffer planting site to learn more about insects, pollinators, and plants.

The event is free, and open to the public.

Space is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. 

For more information, or to register,  contact Watershed Educator, Jennifer Bowman at jeb464@cornell.edu, or call 845–688-3047, ext. 8.

 

Directions: Amy’s Take-Away is located at: 1571 N.Y. Route 214, Lanesville, NY 12450

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