pollinator

Great River Greening’s Work on the Pollinator Issue

Insect pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and wasps, are an important part of food production for humans and wildlife, and for plant reproduction in Minnesota and the world. Unfortunately, pollinator populations in the U.S. have been falling for decades. Both the Minnesota state legislature and the White House have issued official policy that prioritizes this …read more →

Great River Greening Receives National Monarch Conservation Fund Grant

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Aug. 29, 2016 – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded Great River Greening (GRG) a $110,916 grant to support the recovery of monarch butterflies. The grant is being funded by the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (MBCF), an initiative established by NFWF in 2015 and financially supported by Monsanto Company, …read more →

Utilizing our restoration sites for research

Sites Great River Greening volunteers have helped restore are being used for research in pollinators, forest ecology, and citizen engagement. For example, this fall, volunteers will be planting bur oak trees in Lindstrom, (10/29) for a climate resilience study in partnership with The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology.

Million Milkweed Seed Collection 101: Common Milkweed

 Common Milkweed is a favorite food plant for colorful monarch caterpillars. Help us plant more of this rich pollinator attractor! Butterflies, like other pollinators, are an important part of food production for humans and wildlife, and for plant reproduction in Minnesota and the world. Unfortunately, pollinator populations in the U.S. have been falling for decades, …read more →

Bee Aware!

Bee experts and volunteers combed through acres of prairie restored by Great River Greening this summer, documenting bumble bee species and the flowers they prefer. It was the start of a three-year project with our partners, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Maplewood Nature Center.