The Lake County Conservation District with technical assistance from NRCS has created a Lake County Pollinator Seed Mix! The initiative began in Spring, 2017. Residents of Lake County were given seed free of cost, to establish a pollinator garden up to 2,500 square feet. The two years of the pollinator initiative was a huge success with seed given out for over 150 pollinator garden plantings for a total of 10 acres. In exchange for the seed the landowner agrees to prep their site to increase the plantings success rate. The Conservation District monitores several of the plots in the late summer. Some of the most successful being small burnets, phacelia, lewis flax, and western yarrow. The Lake County Conservation District plans to continue this initiative with both spring and fall plantings. Contact the Lake County Conservation District to find out more information.
The Lake County Conservation District also has an educational outreach portion of their pollinator initiative. The District has been giving pollinator presentations to schools and classes throughout the county to inform students on the importance of pollinators and the role they play in our agricultural system. The students learn about different types of native bees, honey bees, and more unique pollinators like bats and flies. The Conservation District then provides some pollinator seed and helps the students plant and create their own pollinator gardens at their school. The District has also had the opportunity to hold pollinator themed booths at several community events. These events provide fun activities to help children understand pollinators and what they do in addition to learning about native bees and pollinators in our area. Sign up for the initiative at our office or call to start increasing pollinator habitat throughout the county today! Check out the Lake County Conservation Districts Story Map about the Pollinator Initiative below!