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
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
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
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.