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
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.