LLCT is providing a series of public programs about the Lincoln Pollinator Action Plan initiative from January through May 2020. The programs are free and open to all. Look at the list of “Upcoming Events” on the homepage to learn more, and please join us!
January 26: “Threatened Ecosystems: The People-Plant-Pollinator Solution” presented by Dr. Robert Gegear, professor of biology at UMASS Dartmouth and director of The Beecology Project.
February 13: Watch the documentary film, Hometown Habitat, by award winning director, Catherine Zimmerman, and narrated by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, renowned entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home.
March 1: “Designing Biodiversity: Toolkits to Create Pollinator Habitat and Connectivity” presented by Evan Abramson, Principal at LandscapeInteractions and architect of the Lincoln Pollinator Action Plan.
May 16 & 17: Pick up pollinator Planting Kits at the People for Pollinators meadow.
Planting Kits: Be in the Pollinator Corridor!
Stay tuned! This Spring, LLCT will be offering Planting Kits curated by Evan Abramson and Dr. Robert Gegear, based on the Birches School demonstration site. Planting kits will be available to our members, so join LLCT today!
We expect planting kits to include a selection of native (straight species, not cultivars) shrubs and perennials that will service threatened bumblebee species in Lincoln, and provide nectar, pollen, and habitat for a wide range of pollinators throughout the year.
Check back here for updated information on how to place your order in February!
Help us build a functionally diverse pollinator corridor across Lincoln one garden, one meadow, and one site at a time! Increase biodiversity and climate resiliency; protect Lincoln’s rural character.
To be successful in realizing the Lincoln Pollinator Action Plan, it will take participation from individuals and groups – from people like you! – to help steward the three Case Study (scientifically researched) sites and to collect much needed ecological data on native pollinator species through citizen science efforts.
Sign up to volunteer to be a Habitat Hero, Citizen Scientist, or to Adopt-A-Case Study Site.
Volunteers participate in planting plugs and shrubs, and ongoing maintenance activities. Duties may include field edge clearing, invasive species management, weeding, watering, and collecting seed once plants are established. Individuals or groups are led by LLCT staff or trained stewardship volunteers. Collaboration with Lincoln’s Conservation Department staff or other partner organizations sometimes occurs. This opportunity works well for an individual or an organized group, such as a company outing, a faith-based group, a social group or club, or for organized youth groups, such as scouts or school groups.
Be a Citizen Scientist
Volunteers digitally collect and submit ecological data on native pollinator species using The Beecology Project’s smartphone and web apps. The app guides users through an easy sequence of steps to identify bumblebee species and how to submit pictures to the database. In addition to learning about bumblebees, participants will be contributing directly to the scientific work being done in Lincoln! Participants will be provided with an orientation led by LLCT staff, or trained Beecologist volunteers. This opportunity works well for an individual, family, or an organized group, such as environmental-based group or club, or faith-based group, or for organized youth groups, such as scouts or school groups.
The first phase of the project is focused on bumblebee-plant species interactions (pollination systems), with later phases focused on nesting and overwintering site preferences in bumblebees. The project will also expand to include other pollinator groups and geographic locations in North America.
LLCT is also looking into participating in the Monarch Watch program. Stay tuned!
Adopt-A-Case Study Site
Volunteers are assigned to a Case Study (scientifically researched) site in the Lincoln Pollinator Action Plan project. They may at times submit reports to the LLCT staff; for example, following a major weather event, we may ask groups to check on the condition of sites, help clean up sites, and report back any issues that require expert attention or special equipment. Duties include observing site conditions, recording maintenance needs, and performing stewardship activities, such as field edge clearing, invasive species management, weeding, watering, and collecting seed once plants are established. Volunteers are provided with an orientation led by LLCT staff. This opportunity works well for an individual, family, or an organized group, such as a company outing, a faith-based group, a social group or club, or for organized youth groups, such as scouts or school groups.