Celebrating Wildflowers

Schultz’s Milk-vetch (Astragalus molybdenus var. schultziorum) Corallorhiza trifida Centris pallida The Celebrating Wildflowers Ethnobotany poster displaying various plants and their products. Four pictures of rare plants: Townsendia aprica, Fritillaria gentneri, Iris lacustris, and Echinocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri framing the text Rare Plants Map of the United States showing Forest Service Regions boundaries.

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Journey North on Twitter

Posted August 30, 2018

Wings of Hope: Monarchs in the Natural State

Posted August 22, 2018

See this YouTube video produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Arkansas

A Quest to Document the World’s Flowering Plants

BY , Writer for the Nature Conservancy
August 14, 2018 | Follow Matthew L.

Chris Davidson and Sharon Christoph seeking plants at The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve.
Chris Davidson and Sharon Christoph seeking plants at The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. Photo © Tim Tower.

Chris Davidson and Sharon Christoph have been on an epic scientific quest to photograph and document every flowering plant journey on earth. It’s a journey that has taken them to 45 countries, and from the deserts of Namibia to the mountainous, temperate forests of Yunnan. Along the way, they’ve collected plant samples for dozens of herbaria and documented numerous undescribed species.

Read more about the Christoph's on Cool Green Science…

Monongahela National Forest Celebrates New Partnership with Green Forests Work and Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Posted July 25, 2018

Volunteers work to plant trees across an open tract of tilled soiled among the mountain forest.
Volunteers work to plant trees across an open tract of tilled soiled among the mountain forest. Photo US Forest Service.

Green Forests Work, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and the Monongahela National Forest kicked of their new partnership at the Sharp’s Knob Tree Planting event Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Take a look behind the scenes at one of the Snowshoe Mountain Resort's #foreverwild initiatives, a partnership with the Forest Service, American Chestnut Foundation, Green Forests Work, Office of Surface Mining, and The Nature Conservancy. The Sharp's Knob Restoration Project reclaimed a stripped mountain top by planting native trees and digging the ground to allow water back in and prevent runoff.

Join the 2018 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz to help save the monarch butterfly!

Posted July 18, 2018

Monarch Joint Venture logo.

From July 28 to August 5, 2018, citizens from Canada, the United States and Mexico are invited to participate in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz to help identify the monarch butterfly's breeding sites. Launched for the first time last year, the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz aims to provide a valuable snapshot of monarch population status across the monarch flyway.

View the article on the Monarch Joint Venture website…

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series - Next Webinar: “Meadow Establishment in the East”

Posted July 18, 2018

The next webinar in the 2018 Monarch Conservation Series is coming! The "Meadow Establishment in the East" webinar will discuss establishing and maintaining native meadows in the eastern United States.

Register: Meadow Establishment in the East

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series schedule.

Also visit the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series web page…

Pollinator Program Successes Sprouting Up Across Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Posted July 2, 2018

Newsletter banner image including a monarch butterfuly larva, honey bee, and adult monarch butterfly.
Mount Charleston blue butterfly on Nuttall’s linanthus along the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area’s Bonanza Trail, Nevada. Forest Service photo by Katy Gulley.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is participating in a national effort to reverse the loss of pollinator species. Although the pollinator program is in its infancy, efforts across the Forest has resulted in the improvement of more than 36,000 acres of habitat in the last two years. Improvements have been made through weed treatments, fuels reduction, and watershed restoration projects.

Read more about the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's accomplishments…

Pollinator Week 2018 - Intermountain Region

Posted June 21, 2018

Newsletter banner image including a monarch butterfuly larva, honey bee, and adult monarch butterfly.

The USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region, published a special issue of their regional newsletter for Pollinator Week. It features information about pollinators, what they are, their decline, and what you can do to help. Also visit the Intermountain Region's News and Events web page for more pollinator news.

Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees will love as much as you!

Brochure cover.

Posted June 21, 2018

The Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!

It is available free on both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) platforms.

Go to the Pollinator Partnership BeeSmart web page…

Maintaining and Improving Habitat for Hummingbirds in Alaska

Posted June 15, 2018

Brochure cover.

Hummingbirds play an important role in the food web, pollinating a variety of flowering plants, some of which are specifically adapted to pollination by hummingbirds. This guide is intended to help you provide and improve habitat for hummingbirds, as well as for other pollinators. This guide provides brief descriptions of the hummingbirds that occur within Alaska, as well as some basic information about their habitat needs.

See the Alaska hummingbird guide and also see other hummingbird guides for other parts of the United States.

National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018

Posted June 11, 2018

Pollinator nest boxes.

Eleven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Visit the Pollinator Partnership for more information about National Pollinator Week, find events, take action, get a toolkit, graphics, poster, fun facts, and sutff for kids.

Also, see Pollinator Week Activities in Washington DC (all events are free).

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