Call for 2015 Pollinator Advocate and Agricultural Pollinator Conservation Awards
Pollinator Advocates understand just how important pollinators are to food, culture, and life. They have taken that extra step to help out the birds, bees, butterflies, moths, and bats that support agriculture and ecosystems everywhere. NAPPC, through its recognition and appreciation of Pollinator Advocates, encourages their activities and hopes to catalyze future actions on behalf of pollinators. Each year the awards are given in Canada, the United States, and Mexico supporting all of the work that goes into protecting North American pollinator populations. Winners of the Pollinator Advocate Awards will be recognized at a VIP reception opening the 15th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Conference hosted at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington D.C., or in their hometown if they are unable to attend.
Nominations are due by Friday July 24th
The Pollinator Advocate Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to pollinator species protection and conservation and to public education, resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollination.
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The Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award recognizes the unique contributions that members of the agricultural community make to pollinator where they are needed most – supporting our food supply.
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Pollinator Advocate Award Winners
2014 Pollinator Farmer-Rancher Award Winners
Heikes Family Farm (Vermillion, SD) picks-up national sward for CSA and farm management that helps to feed the bees.
The NAPPC-NACD Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special award sheds light on the contributions of American farmers to natural and cultural resource preservation.
Sam Heikes and his daughter Heidi have been farming land that has been in their family since the 1900’s with a suitable model that puts the science of crop manage first. Sam Heikes has always worked with techniques that were developed through science and understanding of ecosystem functions and the way in which economics can make or break diversified farming systems. Sam’s motivation to support sustainable agriculture in the plains all started with sunflowers. Trained as an agronomist, Sam knew how to design cropping systems that were resilient to pests, produced high yields, and provided other ecological benefits. Within the wheat fields of South Dakota, efforts to improve crop yields and reduce pest infestations were being hampered by government programs that imposed production limits and crop restrictions. Sunflowers benefit wheat in many ways, and planting sunflowers after a wheat harvest would provide soil benefits and food to beneficial species like bees. Sam’s work with colleague Don Leiblow help to remove these restrictions was successful, and now South Dakota is the number one sunflower producer in the US – and sunflowers are helping to feed the bees by providing a pollen source.
Alberta Forest Farmers Win Pollinator Conservation Award
The Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination within the agricultural community. This special award sheds light on the contributions of Canadian farmers to natural and cultural resource preservation.
Micheal, Laura, and Takota Coen have been practicing true sustainable farming since the late 1980’s. Recently, son Takota began practicing agroforestry on their 250 acre farm near Ferintosh, Alberta. Their “forest farm” mimics the local Aspen Parkland Biome, allowing them to work with nature rather than against it. Just as their native northern prairie was once interspersed with groves of poplars and roamed by herds of bison, the Coens’ pastures, full of cattle, are being planted to groves of fruit, nut and timber trees. These diversified landscapes are ideal areas where local wildlife, most notably the vastly important pollinator community, thrive. Not only do pollinators gain from the increased habitat and forage but the Coens’ pastures, livestock, and edible tree crops function symbiotically to benefit all the individual elements.
Even Bees Need a Good Lawer These Days
When it comes to pollination one often thinks of the excitement of the journey out to California to pollinate almonds in February – nearly 70% of US bees make it out there each year. A beekeeper’s work is often summarized as a mission to place bees from one crop to the next. BUT the real work and the incredible effort of beekeepers that provide pollination services (known in the industry as Pollinators) is to keep the bees going the rest of the year. Honey bees require proper nutrition gained through a diverse and abundant diet of mixed flowers and crops to be healthy – and they need this sort of food throughout the year. When bees aren’t in pollination contracts beekeepers want to place them in areas of ample, clean (pesticide and chemical-free) forage. Unfortunately these areas aren’t always present, and when they are they aren’t always available to the bees. As with native and wild bees, a lack of habitat is the leading factor impacting the health and viability of honey bees.
Condos Boom in TO goes Wild … for bees! Nets Local Architecture Firm International Award
The Pollinator Advocate Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to pollinator protection, conservation, and issue outreach resulting in increased awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollination. This year Sustaible.TO Architecture + Building is the distinguished recipient of the Pollinator Advocate Award for Canada for helping to give bees in need which need a place to rest indeed.
The loss of habitat is the main driving factor in pollinator decline, but lost habitat can be replaced by planting for pollinators and by building homes for bees. Flowers are just one part of the habitat equation for bees – a place to raise a family the other. In urban areas many of the natural places that bees might nest are unavailable, concrete covers soil, woodlots are cleared, and bees lack places to make their homes. Sustainable.TO heard the call to action and switched roles from human architect to bee developer, built five splendid bee condos that debuted across the GTA in June. Architects and interns learned how to think like a bee and put pollination biology in first place when developing these fashionable but functional designs. The flagship bee condo on the roof of the Fairmont Hotel in Toronto has drawn many visitors and helps spread the word on helping the bees.
Protecting Monarch Habitat Recognized
Pablo Jaramillo has seeded the soil for successful monarch conservation in Mexico. For this reason he has been honoured as the recipient of the 2014 Pollinator Advocate Award for Mexico. Dr. Jaramillo’s work protects monarch from the base of their habitat – the soil that sustains the trees which provide overwintering habitat for hundreds of thousands of butterflies in the Oyamel Fir Forests of Mexico.
Dr. Jaramillo works with local community members through the Monarch Butterfly Fund to protect and preserve monarch habitats by ensuring the viability of communities and ecosystems surrounding these forests. Rather than erecting barriers and preventing locals from interacting with the landscapes that support monarchs, Dr. Jaramillo works with local to support the natural function of the forest. He works with the community to transform marginal agricultural land back into productive forest using mini-grants. To his credit, more than 30 hectares of forest have begun to regenerate to monarch habitat – quite a feat when only 0.67 hectares (1.65 acres) were occupied by monarchs last year during the lowest migration numbers yet.
2013 Pollinator Farmer-Rancher Award Winners
Bryan and Cathy Gilvesy – Y U Ranch, Tilsonburg ON
Bryan Gilvesy, and his wife Cathy, started farming tobacco in Norfolk County in 1979. A declining tobacco market signaled the move to cattle ranching. They have been raising Texas Longhorns for over fifteen years. A sustainable land ethic always governed their operation, but in 2008 Bryan attended a Pollination Guelph symposium where they learned about the importance of providing pollinator habitat on farms and other areas. That year, they put in a 2000 ft pollinator hedgerow and bee nesting habitat. Beef doesn’t require pollination, but the additional on-site and off-site benefits and ecosystem services provided by bees, butterflies, moths, and beetles, improve the local ecology. Things just seem to run better, and this translates into food that just tastes and feels better.
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Josiah and Valer Austin – El Coronado Ranch and Cuenca de los Ojos
Alderville First Nation
Roque Arroyo Rodríguez
2012 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada
2012 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Mexico
Like the inaudible chirps and clicks of the bat, the desperate need to protect these animals often goes unnoticed. For more then 25 years Dr. Rodrigo Medellin has been working to change that. As we mark the International Year of the Bat we celebrate Dr. Medellin’s career and commitment to the flying mammal that helps cactus fruit, controls insect populations, and fills cultural mythology.During his career Dr. Medellin founded and today heads the Program for the Conservation of Migratory Bats, a partnership between the Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, BIOCONCIENCIA, and EcoHealth Alliance.
2012 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate
2012 NAPPC Canadian Federation of Agriculture Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Advocate
|Picture coming soon...||2012 NAPPC Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Advocate
Mark Wagoner is a fourth generation farmer whose crops include alfalfa and the native solitary alkali bee, Nomia melanderi. Mark practices a unique style of holistic farming where care for the land brings in native pollinators to native crops. Sticking to his roots and making innovation out of tradition has made Wagoner Touchet Farms a place where native bees and production agriculture coexist.
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2011 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Mexico
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2011 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada
2011 NACD-NAPPC Farmer-Rancher
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2011 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate
Sabrina Malach - Canada
Press Release for Sabrina Malach
Ms. Malach was the driving force behind the first ever Canadian Pollinator Week celebrated July 21 to July 26, 2010 across the city of Toronto. Pollinator Week activities included public lectures by Dr. Lawrence Parker, a global expert on bees; artistic instillations highlighting pollinator species; and guided pollinator safari tours in the Brickworks park lands. Visitors to the event took away more then just an appreciation for pollinators in the city – the learnt how they could become partners in a growing effort to conserve pollinating species in landscapes across North America. Ms. Malach is already working on plans for Pollinator Week 2011.
Musée de l’abeille - Canada
Press Release for Musee Abeille
other press releases: www.musee-abeille.com
For the past 20 years, the Musée de l’abeille has been delighting and educating visitors on the importance of honey bees in our daily lives, in the livelihoods of our farmers, and in our local economies. This local institution has developed exhibits and tours that reach every age group. A unique element of the Musée de l’abeille is the focus on the economy of honey and honey products that lets visitors know just how connected they are to the work of bees. With over 25,000 visits a year, the Musée de l’abeille is making an impression on young and old.
Tammy Horn, Ph.D. – USA
Press Release for Tammy Horn
Dr. Horn has worked for years with honey bees and has been a true advocate of their conservation and protection. Her recent efforts in Appalachian coal country with apiforestation has gained her this recognition. Dr. Horn has been able to work across disciplines and has brought together multiple stakeholders that often have divergent interests, all for the sake of honey bees. The practice of reclaiming coal mine lands by planting trees, shrubs and other vegetation and establishing healthy working “beeyards” is now in place and strong partnerships have been developed between unlikely parties.
Humberto Berlanga – Mexico
Press Release for Humberto Berlanga
Mr. Berlanga has achieved ineradicable results in avian conservation within Mexico and for the first time has coordination national and international efforts for the conservation of important avian species and their habitats. Migratory pollinators that travel between Mexico and the United States and Canada have been a big focus of Mr. Berlanga. His work has set up monitoring and observation station along important migratory routes that will collect valuable data for future conservation and habitat protection
Alcee L. Hasting, U.S. House of Representatives – USA
Press Release for Alcee Hastings
other press releases: www.alceehastings.house.gov
Representative Hastings has been a strong pollinator advocate and a true conservation leader, achieving the first-ever pollinator-specific provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill, which led to pollinator-beneficial initiatives in major conservation programs and research funding. In addition, Hastings has increased baseline funding for USDA, ARS pollinator research and for ongoing pollinator initiatives and funding in the USDA, NIFA competitive grants program. A lead voice in increasing pollinator awareness, Hastings co-chaired and co-founded the first-ever bipartisan Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C) in 2010, and has been a strong supporter of local Pollinator Week activities in his home state of Florida. Representative Hastings has worked to provide researchers and land managers with the tools to protect and promote a valuable and irreplaceable natural resource.
2009 WinnersJuan Francisco Ornelas, Ph.D, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Mexico
Homer Woodward, Jasper Wyman and Son, Canada
Sam Earnshaw, Community Alliance with Family Farmers- see his write up in Santa Cruz Sentinel
Honorable Earl Blumenauer, U.S. House of Representatives
Kevin Carver, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Dave White, NRCS – Montana State Conservationist
2007 WinnersJosé Ignacio Cuadriello Aguilar, Universidad de Guadalajara
Vicki Beard, City of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Jim Wiker, Illinois Natural History Survey
2006 WinnersJim Dyer, Environment Canada
Francisco Molina, Ph.D., National University of Mexico
Betsy Croker, Ph.D., Senate Committee on Agriculture
Vincent J. Tepedino, Ph.D., USDA
2005 WinnersDale Bosworth, U.S. Forest Service
Bruce Knight, USDA NRCS
Ron Krystynak, Canadian Embassy
Don Pedro Cahun Uh, Tihosuco, Mexico
National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) - NAPPC Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award Winners
Paul Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm
Press Release for Paul Kaiser
Paul Kaiser and Singing Frogs Farm are leading by example. They have made a concerted commitment to providing safe pollinator habitat, are turning their consumers and other producers on to pollinators and pollinator conservation. Singing Frogs Farm is a certified Bee Friendly Farming™ (BFF) operation, signifying that the operation meets or exceeds minimum criteria for providing adequate habitat for bees and other pollinators and using bee-beneficial practices. Farm tours and open houses hosted by Paul and his family continuously bring visitors onto his land and help to spread the word about the role that pollinators play in agriculture and the actions that are necessary to protect and support them. Thus, Singing Frogs Farm produces more than food – they grow consumer consciousness and environmental stewardship.
James Anthony “Tony” Thompson
Chuck Hurd, Lister Acres
2007Mike Omeg, Omeg Orchards
NAPPC/WHC Pollinator Advocate Award Winners
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
Georgetown Site-Toyota of Georgetown were avid participants in National Pollinator Week. They showcased their 62 acres of land managed appropriately for pollinators by hosting a full week of educational pollinator-themed events for all ages.
Model City Facility
Waste Management, Inc.
Waste Management of Model City, New York planted their own pollinator garden on a Hazardous Waste Transfer Storage Disposal Facility. Along with hosting an open house to showcase the importance of pollinators to their local community, Waste Management is also engaging in citizen science through monitoring their garden for different pollinator species and working with local beekeepers. After seeing the success of the first pollinator garden, another was planted at a local nursing home.
WHC Pollinator Friendly Practices Award PowerPoint
Changing the Corporate Aesthetic PowerPoint
Joseph W. Eades
Creve Coeur World Headquarters
Monsanto Company’s Wildlife Habitat Committee has shown stewardship and foresight through actively managing ten acres at their headquarter site for native prairie habitat, including a “Native Wildflower Garden.” This prairie habitat includes many high nectar and pollen yielding forbs beneficial to pollinators. They have also added “bee blocks” to provide nesting sites for bees, eradicated the invasive bush honeysuckle plant, and undertaken controlled burns in order to naturally encourage native plant diversity and overall prairie health. They have also undertaken monitoring of the area by conducting season surveys of insects, including pollinators and not applied any pesticides.
Twin Bridges Landfill, Indiana
Waste Management, Inc.
Waste Management manages a 340 acre property, some of it situated on top of a landfill, as migration and breeding habitat for more than 20 endangered, threatened, special concern bird species. Through these practices, Waste Management has created beneficial pollinator habitat as well. The establishment of an apiary program in 2001 has served to enhance the ecological value of the site, and now produces more than 200 lbs of honey annually. Eradication of invasive and re-establishment of native coastal plant species have contributed to considerable presence of pollinators on the site. Waste Management has also reached out to local schools who visit the site to learn about wildlife habitat and the importance of pollinators.
2007Flint Creek Power Plant
Southwestern Electric Power Company
American Electric Power
Gentry, Arkansas-Flint Creek Power plant manages 200 acres for pollinators, and works with local 4H clubs and grades schools to plant Paw Paws to attract Zebra Swallowtails, as well as monitor the insects seen.
2006Jonesboro Rice Mill
Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc.
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Jonesboro, Arkansas- The Jonesboro Rice Mill manages 12 acres for pollinators. They also introduced Monarch eggs to the site, along with a pollinator program for 2nd grade and preschool classes. During Pollinator Week, they educated the community by setting up display at the local post office to coincide with the release of the pollination stamp series.
LaFarge North America, Inc.
Delevan, New York-Lafarge manages 41 acres of wildlife habitat at their Freedom Plant site. Their habitat enhancement projects have reclaimed areas that were once mined but now consist of northern hardwood forests and emergent wetlands. These restoration projects have contributed greatly to the population of pollinators at the site.
2004General Motors Corporation
Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant
2003Monroeville Technical Center
PPG Industries, Inc.
Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal by The Garden Club of America
The Pollinator Partnership (P2) was presented the prestigious Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal by The Garden Club of America at its annual awards ceremony on April 30 in Indianapolis, Indiana. P2 is the twenty-second recipient of this national medal, awarded for “outstanding achievement in environmental protection and the maintenance of the quality of life.”
Learn more about the award here.
Paul J. Growald Pollinator Media Award Winners
The first ever recipient of the Paul J. Growald Pollinator Media Award.