Dear Pollinator Enthusiast,
Pollinator Partnership is excited to announce that we have been awarded another 2-year grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to continue our regional seed collection and habitat enhancement efforts for monarchs and now, the rusty patched bumble bee, through our new initiative: Project Wingspan (PW).
PW will be building upon the successful foundation of our other NFWF-funded project, Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest (MWAEBF), which is coming to an end April 2019. We are seeking volunteer seed collectors, collection locations, and team leads, as well as public land managers and private land stewards in Indiana who are interested in filling out our online habitat survey to participate in a habitat acreage count and be eligible for plant material awards.
This project is a great opportunity for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, park friends groups, naturalists, native plant societies, public and private land owners/managers, universities, land trusts and conservancies, community organizations, natural resource students and professionals, and others to engage with their local community, support imperiled pollinators, gain valuable skills, and get your habitat counted.
The coalition of partners across the Midwest that have joined the program is still growing and includes:
- The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
- IL, IN, and MI Departments of Natural Resources
- Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative
- Holden Forests & Gardens
- Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
- Pheasants Forever
- University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies
- Michigan State University
- Ohio State University
- Several National Wildlife Refuges, land trusts, and other natural areas
To learn more about this effort and how you can get involved, please see the attached documents. For questions please e-mail Emily Yates ([email protected]). Please feel free to share information about this program and the attached materials with your network.
The Project Wingspan Team
Project Wingspan State Coordinator, Indiana
423 Washington Street, 5th floor
San Francisco, CA 94111