Welcome to the
Pollinator Conservation Association
We are based in Western New York, in the Great Lakes region of North America. Our work is to promote conservation and conservation planning through the lens of pollinator conservation. We achieve this through community engagement, education about native pollinators, native habitat, and native plant communities. We consult with not for profits, government agencies, the public, and the private sector. We develop projects to help restore and conserve biodiversity.
The Niagara River Greenway Pollinator Partnership
The Niagara Greenway Commission was established to create a network of public greenspaces and multiuse trails extending from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario along the Niagara River.
In 2018 the PCA and the Greenway Commission partnered to create the Greenway Pollinator Partnership. The conceptual basis of the partnership is to create an information and advocacy network of interested partners in the public and private sector of the Niagara River Greenway and its associated watersheds. The group is organizing a blueprint of sites and potential sites, and designing short and long term planning and conservation strategies for the sites, the region, and the partnership.
Members of the partnership include The Pollinator Conservation Association, The Niagara River Greenway Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, SUNY Buffalo State, The Olmsted Conservancy, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Western New York Land Conservancy, Western New York Environmental Alliance, The Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Audubon, Erie County, and the Town of Grand Island. If you would like more information or represent an entity that would like to join this partnership email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niagara Greenway Commission
Incredible Autumn 2018 Monarch Migration. Video above shows monarchs at Times Beach Nature Preserve in Buffalo, New York. To learn more about this years Monarch butterfly journey south CLICK HERE
July Pollinator Inventory and Butterfly Count (s)
Citizen Science: Learn about local butterflies, bee's and other pollinators.
Buffalo Outer Harbor and Times Beach Nature Preserve
When: -Saturday July 21, 2018 11am-1 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Start at Times Beach Nature Preserve, Buffalo
Registration Limited to 20
$10 Donation requested.
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We are Pleased to Announce our Spring 2018
New: May 2018
NYS Natural Heritage Program Native Pollinator Survey
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New York State Pollinator Protection Plan (2016)
NEW May 2018
Native Bees of Toronto
What is the Pollinator Conservation Association?
WHAT WE DO
Collaboration, Site Evaluation, Survey, Project Development, Conseervation, and Community Engagement
We are engaged in both identifying sites and regional pollinator conservation strategies and developing specific locations and opportunities for pollinator conservation. This includes an ongoing development strategy for Pollinator Conservation in the Niagara River Greenway, as well as the targeting of specific conservation sites and opportunities. We work with the private sector, government, not-for- profits, and private land and homeowners. If you have a site that you would like us to consider, please contact us. More info on this Page.
The PCA has a team of professionals that includes botanists, ecologists, entomologists, landscape designers, and maintenance professionals that can help turn almost any place of any size into Pollinator Conservation Sites. For more information email: greenwatch100@ gmail.com
Introduction to Native Bees
We have and are continuing to develop programming including multi-media and video presentations, lectures, workshops, and a variety of social media projects that promote Pollinator Conservation for the general public, government, not-for-profits, schools, and management and maintenance professionals
Citizen Science is an opportunity for everyone to participate in building and sharing a knowledge base about pollinators, habitats, and the biodiversity that powers our living planet. We are working with educational institutions to design Pollinator Friendly Campuses.
We are developing this website as a portal to knowledge about pollinator conservation and specific site strategies.
The PCA embraces a variety of citizen science projects including eBird and the Last Ladybug Project.
For More information, CLICK HERE
The Pollinator Conservation Association conducts Butterfly counts during appropriate seasons. You can participate. To learn more about our July 4 Counts, go to This Page.
The map on the right shows our registered North American Butterfly Count area based on a 15 mile radius from Times Beach Nature Preserve in downtown Buffalo New York. If you want to participate in our July count please go to This Page
What are Pollinators? Click here
Pollinators are essentially biological agents that enhance reproduction opportunities in plants. We generally associate pollinators with animals that help transfer pollen from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma thus promoting reproduction. MORE: Click here
Pollinator Conservation Strategy Click Here
Pollinators have co-dependent relationships with plants and ecosystems. Healthy intact native ecosystems depend on specific pollinators, and visa-versa. The PCA promotes the use of native plants to support native ecosystems and native pollinators. We are not take a managed horticultural approach so much as we take an ecosystems and plant community approach. A plant community and its evolutionary relationships to the habitat, other species of flora and fauna, and the ecosystems that they support are fundamental aspects of Pollinator Conservation. Pollinator Conservation is a gateway to ecological conservation and restoration.
Pollinators use all habitat and although specific pollinators depend often on specific habitat, the concept of connectivity is another fundamental value of pollinator conservation. We are working to create a wide pollinator pathway in our region, especially in the Niagara River Greenway which stretches from Buffalo's Outer Harbor to Lake Ontario. Eventually we hope to build pollinator pathway programs throughout the Great Lakes. For more information on Pollinator Pathways, Click Here
It is important to note that the Pollinator Conservation Association is not about agricultural honeybee conservation. Domesticated European Honeybee's are invasive and competitive to most native bees and other pollinators. Honeybees and their association with agricultural practices are a big part of the problems related to the decline of native pollinators and ecosystems. They compete with native bees for food, help to spread disease, and help to limit biodiversity- the key to a healthy ecosystem. It is true that a wide recognition of pollinator threats has come about because of the decline of agricultural bees (Colony Collapse Disorder) and that awareness of these issues is essential to native pollinator conservation. The PCA is an advocate for native ecosystems. If you are a beekeeper, there is room for you here, especially if you are involved in small scale organic farming. We do not advocate for industrial agriculture. This does not mean that we do not support family pollinator gardens and organic farming. This does not mean that we are anti-honeybee. The PCA is just simply not a resource for honeybee farmers. More info, Click Here "How the Bees You Know are Killing the Bees You Don't." Inside Science; and Click Here "The Case Against Honeybees" Atlas Obscura
Learn about how pollination works and how native pollinators have evolved with native plants, ecosystems, and habitats to create biodiversity, a healthy atmosphere, and a healthy life-supporting planet. CLICK HERE
GreenWatch Sunday Morning Television
GreenWatch Sunday Morning Television
The Pollinator Conservation Association has developed a partnership with the Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve and The PUBLIC to bring short nature oriented videos to you. Most Sunday mornings the pieces are published at the online version of The PUBLIC.
For a complete archive of Sunday Morning Videos
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