Pollinator Habitat Established by the St Croix Beekeepers Association
A group of commercial and hobby beekeepers from Pierce, St Croix and Polk Counties with the mission of teaching members
and informing the public of the benefits of the proper nurturing of honey bees planted a native plant pollinator garden last
week (June 12, 2014) at the Peace Lutheran Church near Baldwin, WI. Pastor John Hanson of Peace Lutheran Church in
Baldwin, has created community gardening space on church grounds for use by parish and community members. He offered
the beekeeper group, who meet in the fellowship hall of the church for their monthly meetings, a small plot of garden space on
which to plant a pollinator native plant garden, which once established will provide a nectar and pollen source for the honey
bees kept on church grounds as well as other
pollinators in the area.
On June 12 a small group from the beekeeper
association along with Pastor John Hanson planted
approximately 150 plants of 9 different native plant
species in a 10x20ft space, using cardboard as a
biodegradable mulch which will remain in place until
plants are established enough to out-compete weeds.
The group will use the native plant plot for educational
purposes as well as a food source for bees on church
premises. The St Croix Beekeepers Association also
keeps two beehives on the property which they use for
education and observational purposes.
Member Talks Bees at Hudson Schools
Stew Erickson made four presentations at three schools on Monday April 22nd. He had live packaged bees as assistants!
Stew presented at the following schools at Houlton Elementary 1st Graders (40 students), St. Pat's 5th and 6th Graders (60
students), E.P. Rock 3rd Graders (96 students), E.P. Rock 4th Graders (96 students).
St Croix Valley Beekeepers at Earth Day
Earth Day Celebration was conducted at the YMCA Camp ST Croix in Hudson WI on Sunday April 21st this year. SCV
Beekeepers Association participants were Mark Klanderman, Ruth Steiner, Max Steiner, and Paul VanDenMeerendonk.
Mark, Ruth, and Paul talked all about bees and their importance to pollination. Mark and Paul provided an assortment of bee
equipment. Mark set up the video/disc player and PBS documentary “Silence of the bees”. Ruth and Max helped with the
smaller students finger painting insects on wrist bands and provided a wonderful wall poster of a number of pollinators to look
at. We all handed out the “regional plant lists for native
pollinator gardens”, the “SCV Beekeepers Assoc.
information sheet, and our small “SCV Beekeepers
paper business card”. The WHPA “Honey Bee Poster
Contest” was also posted for everyone to see. Everyone
had a great time at this event from Noon til 4 PM.