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2017 events: Andover Pollinator Awareness Project

(APAP) kicking off third year with some more fun events

The Andover Pollinator Awareness Project work group is proud to coordinate and endorse projects that benefit our pollinators. Below is a snapshot of some fun events and activities to occur this year. All the details for these and other events can be found on the city’s website: http://www.andovermn.gov “Your Government” “Natural Resources” “Andover Pollinator Awareness Project”.

ENVIRONMENTAL FUN FAIR: 9:00 a.m.- noon on Saturday, May 6th at Springbrook Nature Center: This free, fun event will showcase environmental educators, informational booths, interpretive trail walks, presentations and youth environmental projects. For more information about the fair, please select: Environmental Fair

PLANT SALE: 9:00 a.m.- noon on Saturday, June 3rd at Andover City Hall Parking Lot: Vendors will be on hand selling native plants, vegetable plants and herbs.

POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDEN/LANDSCAPE CONTEST: Enter by July 10th to see if you have the garden/landscape that pollinators love most! For more information about the contest, please select: 17gardenContest

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

These events are just a few examples of APAP’s mission to improve our environment t o benefit pollinators, such as bees and butterflies and all species of wildlife.

For additional information about APAP and its activities, contact either:

APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at (763) 427-2470 or caseeman50@comcast.net

Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at (763) 767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

For more information about many of the 2017 activities, please select: City of Andover

The City of Andover has established this group with an overall goal of working to protect pollinators. The recent decline in pollinators due to factors including habitat loss, disease, parasites and pesticides has spurred the creation of this group.

Some objectives the group has or hopes to meet include but is not limited to the following:

    • Educate residents on steps they can take to become pollinator friendly (click HERE to read U of M Master Gardener Kim Billings’ “10 things you can do”);
    • Became a “Bee-safe” community;
      • The Mayor signed an official proclamation. Click HERE to see it!
    • Develop a demonstration garden for residents to view that contains a wide array of pollinator-friendly, native plants;
    • Host a Garden tour featuring landscapes that are pollinator-friendly;
    • Work with local beekeepers to install beehives to promote pollinators.The following are some upcoming events/activities the group plans on working on:
  • Planting Projects: the City will continue to create and enhance landscapes to make them “pollinator friendly.” One area is due west of City Hall near Crosstown Blvd. The City received a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and will be eradicating invasives and planting native flowers and shrubs back in.

Remember: Hundreds of varieties of Minnesota-native bees, honey bees, butterflies, a large assortment of insects, birds and mammals all work in perfect harmony to pollinate plants that we, as humans, rely on as our food source; and directly impact our environment.