What: Agassiz Audubon is recruiting volunteers (adults and children accompanied by adults) to help with the spring maintenance of the Northwestern Minnesota Pollinator Garden. Volunteers will weed, move plants, line the garden paths and watch bird nesting boxes (kestrels, martens and bluebirds). No experience necessary. Register for lunch: 218-745-5663 or AgassizAudubon@gmail. com. Bring garden gloves and your favorite gardening tool (pruner, cultivator, mower, hoe.) Agassiz will also provide a few tools. Please wear closed hats and sunglasses. It can be cloudy, muddy and wet – or hot and sunny.
When: Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m.
Or: The Northwest Minnesota Pollinator Garden is adjacent to the Agassiz Audubon Society (just west) at 27569 190th St NW, Warren MN. There are plenty of parking spaces at Pollinator Garden, but no bathrooms. Warren is 8 miles to the east.
Northwest Minnesota Pollinator Garden Background
Agassiz Audubon Society is the organization that has led the Northwest Minnesota Pollinator Garden Project since 2014. The 2-acre formal garden and surrounding Tallgrass Aspen Parkland habitat restoration project received funding Northwest Minnesota Foundation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Warren area. Community fund and donations in memory of Sarah F. Gunderson of Thompson, ND, Tom Valega of Linden, NJ, and Christine Bowman of Warren, MN.
The Pollinator Garden also received support from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Pesticides Branch. The agency provided a grant to the University of Minnesota – Crookston Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources to grow the seeds of local native plants – in their university greenhouse.
The goal of the Pollinator Garden is to raise awareness of the importance of native pollinating insects, not only for our food chain, but also for a healthy environment in general.
Visitors to the Northwest Minnesota Pollinator Garden can experience first-hand how to help Minnesota pollinators by planting native species of grasses, herbaceous plants, and woody plants.