Celebrating Wildflowers News Current Year 2018

May 2018

Webinar - Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests

Posted May 29, 2018

Pollinator nest boxes.
Pollinator nest boxes. Credit: Elizabeth Benton.

Scheduled for July 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm (US/Eastern), the Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests webinar will provide Extension Agents with information and resources to promote pollinator habitats in urban and suburban forests. Pollinator habitats are important to all landscapes, including urban and suburban forests. Pollinators need numerous resources in addition to nectar and pollen, such as nesting sites, water, and shelter. The webinar will cover pollinator habitat needs and ways to promote pollinators in urban and suburban forests. Available resource materials and instructions for a hands-on learning activity will be included.

Visit the Webinar Portal for Forestry and Natural Resources for more information about this webinar…

National Wildflowers Week 2018

Posted May 22, 2018

Monarch butterfly. Photo by Ed Boggess.

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaimed May 20 -26, 2018, as “National Wildflowers Week.” National Wildflowers Week will kick off a season-long festival of events highlighting wildflower appreciation, education, interpretation, and restoration activities. The Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service,the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service, along with all of our partners who participate in the Federal Interagency Plant Conservation Alliance, will join together to celebrate the diversity of plants and plant habitats found on the Nation’s public lands.

See the Secretary's proclamation (PDF)…

New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline

Posted May 15, 2018

Monarch butterfly. Photo by Ed Boggess.

The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31, 2018, on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.

The Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest that encompasses the primary production and migratory habitat areas for eastern monarchs. Other eastern monarch states are also collaborating with the plan

For more information, a copy of the draft strategy, and how to submit comments, please visit the MAFWA website at Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy.

New Pollinator Partnership Poster: Pollinators and Seeds

Pollinators and Seeds poster.

Posted May 9, 2018

A diversity of managed and native pollinators supports healthy wildlands and a nutritious food supply in North America. In turn, native plant communities that sustain pollinators are an essential foundation for ecosystem integrity and diversity.

Rebuilding native plant communities after rangeland fires, the spread of invasive species, hurricanes, floods, and severe drought requires seeds that fit the climate and geography to ensure the species longevity. As we restore and rehabilitate these habitats, pollinator health will increase through a diverse food supply of pollen and nectar. Healthy pollinator populations will ensure productive crops and the food security necessary in the 21st century.

Visit the Pollinator Partnership to see the poster and read more about Pollinators and Seeds…

National Pollinator Garden Network Seeks 300,000 Pollinator Gardens to Reach Goal of One Million Registered Gardens

Posted May 2, 2018

Pollinator garden flowers. Photo by Wendy Caldwell.

Americans concerned about saving bees, butterflies and other pollinators and their roles in our ecosystems are being asked to #beecounted and help the National Pollinator Garden Network reach one million bee-friendly gardens by National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018. See Monarch Joint Venture News…

By creating, planting and maintaining garden, and registering it on the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge map, Americans can contribute to revitalizing the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the U.S.

April 2018

New Handout! Why Grow and Sell Native Milkweed?

Posted April 23, 2018

Milkweed seedlings. Photo by Wndy Caldwell.

The Monarch Joint Venture is pleased to announce the release of a new handout: “Why Grow and Sell Native Milkweed?

This handout provides the public, gardeners, and plant growers and nurseries with a concise description of the importance of native milkweeds and their value to monarchs and to the plant industry! With tips about overcoming barriers to growing milkweed, resources for further reading and examples of native milkweeds for regions across the U.S., this new handout will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the native milkweed industry. If you’re not a grower or nursery, consider bringing this resource to your local nursery manager if they aren’t already selling pesticide-free native milkweed!

Download the handout…

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Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

Posted April 9, 2018

2018 NAA Pollinator Management Webinar Series Banner.

Join the conversation to learn the conservation status of North America's bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities.

The Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation webinar will cover the basics of bumble bee ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of North America’s nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in depth investigation.

This webinar is presented by the  USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

February 2018

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

Posted February 13, 2018

Join us for the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series, hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center! On the 4th Tuesday of each month, we will dive into a new monarch conservation topic with expertise and experience from the MJV partnership and other organizations.

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series schedule.

Visit the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series web page…

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund 2018 Funding Opportunity

Posted February 8, 2018

Monarch butterfly.

The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund accepted applications for competitive grant funding in 2018.

January 2018

New Guidelines for Protecting California’s Butterfly Groves

Posted January 23, 2018

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon wildflowers.Monarchs Clustering on Eucalyptus at Woodlands Village, Nipomo, CA. Photo: Xerces Society, Carly Voight.

To guide land managers, landowners, and community groups who wish to implement management actions to protect, improve, and restore monarch overwintering habitat, the Xerces Society partnered with Stu Weiss of Creekside Center for Earth Observation to publish Protecting California’s Butterfly Groves: Management Guidelines for Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Habitat.

Read more about new guidelines for protecting California's butterfly groves…

Science on the Prairie

Posted January 5, 2018

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon wildflowers.
In the spring, The Nature Conservancy’s 33,000-acre Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon is known for its wildflowers like these silky lupine (in purple) and lampstongue ragwort (in yellow) found along Zumwalt-Buckhorn Road. Photo © Aaron Huey.

In the rural ranchlands of far eastern Oregon, scientists are studying wildflowers to learn more about the shrinking prairie. Each year, a team of technicians and volunteers from all over the world make the trek to Zumwalt Prairie in far eastern Oregon to examine the flowers. Since about 2006, teams have studied plots of prairie, identifying species, noting invasive plants and generally monitoring how the landscape changes.

Read more about Science on the Prairie on Cool Green Science, from the Nature Conservancy Magazine…

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