Date set for Pollinators’ spring workshop

Date set for Pollinators’ spring workshop

Angel Ellis/Reporter

Seed stratification topic of Winter session

OKMULGEE — Green thumbs of all skill levels are encouraged to save the date and register soon for the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators Spring workshop.

Participants will need to mark their calendars for April 10-12.

The winter session boasted 40 participants according to Jane Breckinridge who operates the Euchee Butterfly farm.

“We had 18 different tribes represented,” Breckinridge said.

“We had MCN [Muscogee (Creek) Nation] representation from the Wetumka Community, the Environmental Department, the Conservation District, Kialegee Tribal Town Environmental Department, the Yuchi Language Project and a CMN [College of the Muscoge Nation] alumna,” Breckinridge said.

At the workshop, participants were able to learn about the monarch pollinator restoration process, germination and seedling transplantation and hoop house winterization.

In an earlier workshop participants collected seeds. In the January workshop, participants brought cleaned seeds from the collecting, put them into prepared stratification bags as a part of the training exercises.

TAP is a non-profit organization conceived from the groundswell of support generated by the Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs. TEAM is a coalition of several tribal partners —from the MCN to Miami Tribe of Oklahoma— who are restoring monarch habitat on their lands with the assistance of Monarch Watch and the Euchee Butterfly Farm.

The coalition has restored over 35,000 milkweeds, a favorite plant for pollinator species, and is in the process of restoring 28,000 native wildflowers on 350 acres of habitat.

TAP workshops and conferences are always informative and full of expert advice so be sure to register soon.

Tribal staff from all MCN departments who are interested in supporting threatened pollinators and cultural traditions through the restoration of native plants are welcome.

“We welcome all tribal members who are interested in helping to restore the land,” said Breckinridge.  “A tribal member need not be employed by a tribe to attend.”

Conference costs are funded through the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CMN and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. There is no charge associated with the conference.

Travel scholarships are available. Please contact kelsey@tribesformonarchs.org for more information.

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