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