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June Newsletter

In this issue:

  • National Pollinator Week: Pollinator Popcorn
  • Inspiring Youth Leaders: Meet Taylor Rein
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Bee Bold Alliance & Bee Bold Coffee 

National Pollinator Week

Join Conservation Works for a series of short videos - "Pollinator Popcorn" - on our social media pages Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter this week.  These videos contain fun facts, gardening advice, and appearances by experts including our board member Kandis Gilmore, garden allies expert Frederique Lavoipierre, Dr. John Mola, and Dr. Gordon Frankie. Check out our Facebook page here to join https://www.facebook.com/NCRCDC/

What Can YOU Do? 

Loss of habitat is one of the biggest issues contributing to the mounting declines in pollinator populations, but coming together as a community to celebrate and support these precious keystone species during Pollinator Week and beyond can make a difference. Just provide year-long pollen and nectar resources along with clean water and places to rest and nest along any open space, farm, park, and/or home and you can make all the difference in restoring healthy local populations. 

Here are some planting resources to get you started.
 
Grow native milkweed and nectar plants 
Plant Flowers with this Ecoregional Planting Guide

Support Conservation Works Pollinator Conservation Projects
Taylor, standing on the far right, volunteered with us as a High School student, then spearheaded a campaign in college to make Berkeley the first in the UC system to join Bee Campus USA

Bee Patches Inspiring Youth Leaders: Meet Taylor Rein

As a child, I used to admire the wonderful chorus in the spring and summertime of the bees visiting flowers, butterflies that graced the backyard with their presence, and the stunning floral display of the Sonoma County countryside. I pay more attention now to the state and condition of the environment around me than ever before because I have often begun to notice irreversible changes led by anthropogenic activities to the landscape. As roads grow wider and buildings become more abundant, the countryside becomes akin to the city. My name is Taylor Rein and I am a third-year, environmental science major at UC Berkeley who remembers his beginnings in activism and environmental campaigns at Conservation Works.

In high school, I participated in an internship with the “Bee Patches” program, one of the many campaigns of Conservation Works. This experience first exposed me to the value of grassroots organizing -- connecting with residents and community members -- to help restore and maintain diverse pollinator gardens. I took this knowledge with me to Berkeley, where I first joined the Save the Bees campaign with a student-run nonprofit, CALPIRG Students. After two years as a volunteer and intern, I finally took the initiative to become full coordinator and since then, I helped recognize UC Berkeley as the 80th Bee Campus in the nation in September 2019, restored three campus gardens with the help of the Entomology Museum and the campus facilities services, and help apply for and receive a grant from the city of Berkeley for $15,000 to aid in park restoration plantings. Of course, all this investment is not without good reason.

As I learned from the Bee Patches program, bees and other pollinators are essential for our environment and a stable food supply. According to the Xerces Society, bees and other insects are responsible for the reproduction of almost 2/3rds of the world’s crops -- from almonds, squash, apples, tomatoes, and even chocolate --  and 90% of flowering plants. California alone is home to nearly 1600 species of native bees among including those which we depend upon for the pollination of our food crops and native flowers.

Conservation Works first gave me the tools and strategies needed to help lead a pollinator conservation effort --  not only through plantings, but also through education, outreach, and service workshops. It will take a tremendous effort if we are going to be able to bring nature back to this new developed landscape. No single individual can accomplish the goal to conserve bees, butterflies, and other pollinators alone, but rather a collective effort amongst local communities, neighborhoods, schools, and even large institutions. That is why I am most grateful for the inspiration Conservation Works has given me to lead this effort and I hope to continue to join forces in the future to protect, restore, and renew. Save the Bees!

Volunteering with Conservation Works

Monarch Butterflies


Hot off the Press! Our new monthly pollinator booklet series to encourage learning about the importance of native pollinators has just published a new booklet.  In April we featured the Blue Orchard Bee and this month, it's the Monarch Butterfly! 

Each of these small booklets includes information on supporting pollinator habitats and fun engagement activities like crosswords, poems, and coloring pages for the young and old.  Email oona@conservationworksnc.org to get one!

Shop at our Store for Pollinator Tracking Books, Pollinator Hotels and more!

WE ARE PART OF THE BEE BOLD ALLIANCE!

 

Conservation Works is a Pollinator Partner with Thanksgiving Coffee Company.   The Bee Bold product line helps support our work as a Pollinator Protector, and when you purchase Bee Bold Coffee online here, we receive 20% of your purchase price to help fund our conservation programs.  Three types of coffee are available in the Bee Bold product Line:  



 

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