Member of the Month

Published on July 10th, 2018 | by GrowWNYAdmin

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Member of the Month: PCA

The Pollinator Conservation Association (PCA) is a New York registered not for profit (501,(c)(3) since 2016.

The PCA has a mission statement to provide conservation strategies and projects through the lens of pollinator conservation.

Projects include in ground pollinator restoration installations, educational programming, community outreach and partnerships with organizations including PUSH, The Our Outer Harbor Coalition, The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo State College, and a variety of state and local agencies, not for profits, and the private sector.

This summer the organization has partnered with the Empire State Native Pollinator Survey, a project of the New York Natural Heritage Program to help conduct native pollinator surveys and counts in the region.

The organization is hosting counts throughout the region starting with a butterfly and pollinator survey on the Outer Harbor of Buffalo on Saturday July 14. For more information and to register: http://www.pollinatorconservationassociation.org/butterfly-counts.html

“Citizen science is a focus of our work and these count projects help us to introduce citizen science tools to participants” said Larry Brooks, president of the board of the PCA.

The Niagara River Greenway Commission recently announced a partnership with the PCA to develop and manage the Niagara Greenway Pollinator Partnership. This bi-national partnership will create and manage a network of interested parties in order to create long range conservation strategies in the Niagara River Greenway and its associated international watersheds.

Jay Burney of the PCA says that this partnership gives us an enormous opportunity to not only support pollinator and conservation restoration projects, but to help lead the long term conservation discussion in our region. We want to help lift all boats and the creation of this network and the concept of a linked pollinator trail will help to inform and educate the public and all agencies and organizations that wish to contribute positively to dramatic decreases in biodiversity. For more information about our work, visit www.pollinatorconservationassociation.org

For further reading, check out this article in the Buffalo News from July 6, 2018 – “Pollinator Corridor aims for 37 miles of bee-friendly plants” TJ Pignataro

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