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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.