Pocket Prairie Maintenance:
Volunteers will continue to work on removal of invasive species and overgrown native species to preserve a small urban pocket prairie called Thompson Mill Race park in downtown Rochester, MN so stay tuned for dates and times!
It is good to get out and talk to other people who love prairies – we will be safely maintaining the progress we made on National Public Lands Day (see PS News), whatever the virus throws at us next year! If you are interested in helping out with this project, send a note to either Ed or Ruthann at email@example.com.
The park is located on the west side of Cascade Creek near the old 3rd Ave NW Crenlo plant. The pocket prairie is on the footpath south of the 13th Street bridge.
Establish a pollinator habitat in your own yard.
"Lawns to Legumes: Your Yard Can BEE the Change" is accepting applications. Minnesota residents can apply to be reimbursed for costs associated with establishing pollinator habitat in their yards. Application procedures and more information is available on the website: https://bwsr.state.mn.us/lawns-legumes-your-yard-can-bee-change
Would you be interested in investigating the insect life in a planted prairie near you?
Click here for information on a volunteer program for individuals with restored prairies who are willing to look for insects utilizing native host plants.
If interested, send MJ an email - firstname.lastname@example.org - and she’ll forward a few of this winter’s email exchanges so that you can get a feel of what her group is doing.