Pollinator Park Day of Caring 2018

The Lancaster County Conservancy is thrilled to leverage work with our conservation partners to restore natural lands and preserve local biodiversity. In 2018 the Conservancy has worked with local businesses including Smucker’s Fields of Honey, PPL Electric Utilities, Armstrong Flooring and our dedicated Pollinator Team made up of members from our Lancaster and York partners to improve the Pollinator Park at Kellys Run Nature Preserve.

Thanks to our working relationship with Smucker’s Fields of Honey and grants from Bayer Feed a Bee, New Belgium Brewing Company, the Willis and Elsie Shenk Foundation and Whole Foods nearly $17,400 has been invested in the Conservancy’s Pollinator Park at Kellys Run Nature Preserve.

Our collective efforts this year included:
• Design of interpretive signage about native plants for pollinators to educate the visiting public
• Led a June Pollinator Workshop with nearly a dozen conservation partners over National Pollinator Week to educate the public about pollinator conservation
• Management of invasive and weedy vegetation
• Volunteers planted nearly 5,000 native pollinator-friendly plants (25 different species) to increase biodiversity and attract an abundance of wildlife at multiple demonstration areas at the park
• Preparation of around 12 acres for an upcoming fall planting with over 128 lbs. of native conservation seed
• Removal of dilapidated park equipment and general preserve cleanup

The Pollinator Park is a hot spot for pollinator conservation that has proven that what you plant matters and engaging community through creative partnerships to understand habitat restoration is just as important. Restoring our landscapes with native plants provide pollen and nectar sources and host plants for wildlife including the imperiled monarch butterfly, recently listed-endangered rusty patched bumble bee, and numerous pollinators that require healthy habitat for food, shelter and for safe reproduction. Not only do visitors enjoy the beauty of hiking at this special preserve that serves as a critical gateway to our trail network, they now have an opportunity to experience and learn about our work to restore meadow habitat to attract pollinator and wildlife diversity and abundance.

Check out our recent Pollinator Park 9/7 volunteer work day. The Pollinator Team and Armstrong Flooring volunteers joined us for the United Way Day of Caring to install signage, weed and plant our demonstration areas, and prepare the preserve for further restoration. We had a great day and the rain came just in time afterwards to help with watering after our work day. The Conservancy’s Pollinator Team and Armstrong Flooring were some of the 1,700+ volunteers participating in the 9/7 United Way of Lancaster County, PA #DayofCaringLanc.

The Drone Guys captured our Day of Caring Work Day at Pollinator Park:

United Way of Lancaster's Day of Caring 2018 – Drone footage

We were invited to capture video of some of the 1,700+ volunteers participating in this weekend's United Way of Lancaster County, PA #DayofCaringLanc. Way to go, Lancaster community! (Click the little gear/settings icon in bottom right of video to watch in HD.)#LiveUnited #DroningForCharity

Posted by 717 Drone Guys on Friday, September 7, 2018

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