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  • Meet Ethan Robison, AmeriCorps Member

    Ethan Robison when he thought it was a good idea to shave his head. By Ethan Robison Hello! My name is Ethan Robison and I am PPRV’s first AmeriCorps member. With the official title of “Pollinator Education and Outreach Specialist” comes a wide range of responsibilities and some exciting prospects for the future of PPRV. Before all that, I was born in Reno, Nevada. My Mom is an artist and illustrator, and my Dad is a structural/civil engineer. My twin inherited all the art talent, and my older sister inherited all the math skills. I was left with facial hair and chronic back pain! In addition to these, my parents encouraged me to remain curious and dedicated. These qualities have helped me follow the path I am currently on. In 2021 I began attending Southern Oregon University as an Environmental Science and Policy major, and in 2022 I decided to minor in Biology as well. After graduating, I plan on pursuing a masters degree in entomology with a specific focus on aquatic invertebrates. In addition to my family, I have my high school Biology and Environmental Science teachers to thank for inspiring me to pursue my passion for science and education. What is AmeriCorps, you might ask. AmeriCorps is a federal program tasked with bringing service members to communities and organizations in need, and works to further their efforts in education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and more. AmeriCorps has partnered with United Community Action Network (UCAN), an organization working in southwest Oregon to bring service members to organizations needing support to develop their scope and capabilities. As an AmeriCorps member, I am serving the community by helping to create, develop, and deliver education and volunteer programs at PPRV. You can learn more here. Ethan releasing our second monarch! I chose to pursue this opportunity because for the past few years, the work I was doing was just work and didn’t feel like it mattered or changed anything. I wanted to step away from that feeling, and try working on something that mattered to me. In pursuing that, I found AmeriCorps and their position with PPRV. I am looking forward to making lesson plans, working with the Education Committee, meeting with volunteers, and I am especially excited to get to know the community better. PPRV's table at the Monarch Release at Phoenix Industrial Studios this month and a few of the American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) caterpillars we are raising! I am excited to use my passion for learning and teaching to spread the message of PPRV and advocate for native pollinators. In just my first two weeks at PPRV, I’ve gotten the chance to release monarch butterflies, track 30 American Lady caterpillars that hatched in the propagation nursery, meet and talk with local growers and conservationists, make educational posters, and help kids make seed bombs out of seeds collected from native plants in PPRV’s gardens! So far it’s been a blast, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the community.

  • Look What Happens When You Grow Pearly Everlasting!

    by Kristina Lefever Most people have never seen a monarch butterfly eclosing (emerging) from its chrysalis, in large part because the western monarch is teetering on the brink of extinction, and has been sorely missed in the Rogue Valley landscape for a number of years. This year, we are super thrilled with the amazing increase of people looking for, finding, and sharing their sightings of both monarch butterflies and caterpillars, especially compared to last year! Not only are these butterflies an icon to pollinator lovers everywhere, the beauty of the transformation from the caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly is magical. If you haven't seen it yet (or even if you have), ​enjoy this amazing and wondrous video shared by Vanessa Henson, a PPRV volunteer, who has supported almost 30 caterpillars in becoming butterflies this year! However, too many other species of butterflies are also disappearing, especially in urban areas, in large part because their native ​"​host plants​"​ are disappearing as people change the landscape ​with both development​ (more concrete, anyone?)​ and ​so many ​non-native plants​ in their landscapes​. ​The layperson's definition of a "​host plant" is a plant the caterpillar must eat to survive and grow to become a butterfly.) Many butterflies are specialists like the monarch, meaning the caterpillar can eat only one, or a ​perhaps a ​few, species of plants. ​The plants must be native, because caterpillars evolved over the eons to eat only the plants they evolved with. ​So when host plants are missing from the landscape, the caterpillars that depend upon them will be missing too - no caterpillars​ .... no butterflies. The American Lady butterfly, Vanessa virginiensis, has 3 primary host plants: Pearly Everlasting, Cudweed, and Pussytoes. These are the only plant species on which the American Lady female butterfly will lay her eggs, because these she knows these are the only plants her baby ladies will eat. And we know for a fact that our native Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, is a favored host plant of the American Lady! Because, drum roll, please....we have lots of caterpillars in our Pearly Everlasting! We are so excited! Thanks to Dr. David James for confirming the butterfly species in my 9/1/22 post in the Butterflies and Months of the PNW Facebook group! This page from the excellent book Life History of Cascadia Butterflies (Dr. James is a co-editor, btw) shows the lifecycle and the beautiful adult. This all started about a week ago, when we were dismayed to see the 'pest' damage on our seedlings we've growing for our plant sales. (Thanks to Deb Vroman for her sharp eyes!) But on closer inspection, we discovered this caterpillar! Would you buy this plant?? Last year we were visited by the West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, a butterfly species that looks very similar to the American Lady. But we were (are) not (yet) growing the host plants for the West Coast Lady, mallows and nettles, so she nectared for a while and moved on. Not surprisingly, Pearly Everlasting, a lovely, very drought-tolerant perennial, has earned permanent planting status in our garden and nursery at The Pollination Place! We hope you will grow it, too - and we will all see American Lady butterflies! Learn more about the American and West Coast Ladys here. https://vanessa.ent.iastate.edu/some-basic-information-four-vanessa-butterfly-species-north-america

  • Andrena: A Closer Look

    By Travis Owen www.amateuranthecologist.com Spring is here! And with it, a new season of bees. Honey bees, having spent the winter clustered for warmth and feeding on honey stored from the previous year, are well adapted to take advantage of the earliest of blooms on sunny days, especially with the disconcertingly dry winter we've had in the Rogue Valley. Bumble bee queens are also out and about looking for potential nest sites, and looking for nectar to replenish themselves after their long winter dormancy. Despite the widespread recognition by the lay observer of the honey bees and bumble bees, the most speciose group of early spring bees are the mining bees in the genus Andrena. There are roughly 550 species of Andrena in the United States and Canada, with at least 1500 species worldwide. At least 200 species are found in the Pacific Northwest. Andrena are found all around the world except Australia, South America, and Antarctica (there are no bees in the Antarctic circle). Most species are active in early spring, and there are a relatively small selection of species active in autumn. They are typically small, yet some species are roughly the size of a honey bee. The related species Perdita are the world’s smallest bees with the highest diversity in the Southwestern US and Northwestern Mexico. Some species of Perdita are smaller than mosquitos! The Andrenidae, the taxonomic family that contains Andrena, Perdita, and many other genera, is the largest taxonomic bee family with 45 genera worldwide. The majority of Andrena species are univoltine, where there is only one generation per year. Some species are bivoltine with two generations per year. Most species go through their dormant period (winter in North America, though there are winter-active species overseas) in diapause as adults, which likely gives them the advantage of being able to emerge quickly once conditions are favorable. If environmental conditions are not ideal for the flowering plants they depend upon, some species have been known to remain in diapause for at least two years before emerging. Most Andrena are solitary, meaning every female excavates and provisions her own nest. Some species are communal and dozens of females will share a single nest entrance, but they still lay eggs in their own cells inside the communal nest. It's comparable to a New York apartment building, where neighbors share a front entrance but still have to buy all their own groceries. Some Andrena nest in large congregations where nest entrances may be as close as an inch apart. Nest entrances may be hidden under leaves or fallen branches, and nests may be excavated in various soil types (i.e. sand or clay). Unlike honey bees, Andrena excavate tunnels straight down into soil. They are very common in lawns and sometimes nest in soil covered by vegetation, unlike most other ground dwelling bees. Cells branch off the main shaft on short lateral tunnels. Nests of Andrena are typically between 6-12" (15-30cm) deep, but desert dwelling species nests can be incredibly deep. Andrena, like many solitary ground nesting bees, line their cells with a wax like substance produced from the Dufour's gland on the underside of the abdomen, and spread it around the cell wall with the trowel-shaped pygidial plate located at the tip of the abdomen. The waxy substance protects the larvae from bacterial infections and retains the moisture in the cell, reducing the risk of desiccation. Andrena also use the Dufour's gland secretions to mark the entrance of the nest to help them find the nest via the odor, especially important in communal nests where keeping intruders out is of great concern. Additionally, female Andrena scent-mark flowers with Dufour's gland secretions where resources were good so they may return on the next foraging trip. Andrena are short tongued bees, and most forage for nectar on flowers with easily accessible nectar. Unlike honey bees and bumble bees, which use their proboscis more like a straw, short tongued bees lap up nectar not unlike a cat. This doesn't mean all Andrena can't access nectar in larger or deeper flowers, some species have longer mouth parts or special adaptations that enable them to reach hidden nectar. Many species are pollen specialists and only collect pollen from a narrow range of plant species. For example, some Andrena species only collect pollen from Asteraceae (sunflower family), Apiaceae (parsley family), or willows (Salix spp.). The specialists will still collect nectar from a wider range of plants, including many nonnative plants. Most species aren't terribly picky, and some are important pollinators of cultivated plants in gardens and agricultural settings, though mining bees aren't commercially managed like alfalfa leafcutter bees or orchard mason bees. Like many of the solitary bees, male Andrena emerge from diapause before the females. Males do not actively collect pollen, but they do feed on nectar. While male bees are not usually often valued for their pollination services, male Andrena do serve important roles in the pollination of some plants like bee-mimic orchids (Ophrys spp.) in Eurasia and Northern Africa where the orchids live. The bee orchids are only pollinated by male bees who are duped into thinking the orchid is a female ready to mate, and they receive nothing for their efforts. For most other plants, males may be superior pollinators on a per bee basis. Female Andrena collect much larger amounts of pollen than males, but most of that pollen goes to the nest instead of the next flower since females frequently and thoroughly groom the pollen into their scopae (specialized pollen carrying hairs). Males don't groom frequently, and on a per bee basis likely deposit more pollen than females. Males don't visit nearly as many flowers as females, and are generally smaller in size. The importance of any pollinator to a specific plant species depends on how effective each flower visit is in regards to collecting or depositing pollen, and the rate of visitation. On a net basis, females are more important pollinators for the majority of plants visited. Flower visits by Andrena aren't always mutually beneficial. Some Andrena are nectar thieves of certain flower types, accessing the nectar without contacting the anthers or stigma and thus being of no benefit to the plant. Nectar is a metabolically expensive incentive plants make that is meant to attract pollinators to facilitate plant reproduction. Some plants keep the nectar hidden within parts of the flower inaccessible to some pollinators. This excludes the least effective pollinators for a particular plant species and encourages the best pollinators for the particular flower type (or at least that's how it's supposed to work). Many bees cheat by making incisions in the sides of the flowers to bypass the reproductive organs altogether and access the nectar directly. Despite being occasional nectar thieves, Andrena are very important early pollinators for many plant species. In some areas, they are the most abundant bee when the weather is cool. Although they are active in early spring in low elevations, they are active in early summer in higher altitudes such as subalpine and alpine mountainous environments. In either high or low elevations, Andrena can't warm their bodies the way that bumble bees do by vibrating their flight muscles and burning calories for warmth. All bees are ectothermic (cold blooded), while some bees, like bumble bees, are facultatively endothermic (having the ability to warm themselves). To cope with cool environmental conditions, Andrena sunbathe on sunny vegetation until their body temperature is adequate for flight. Most Andrena feed on nectar and pollen from a very wide range of plant types. While there are many specialist species, most are highly adaptable generalists. Species whose ranges span multiple ecoregions (such as A. prunorum which is found throughout most of the west in the United States and Canada) are not picky eaters, and may feed on completely different plant species in different parts of their range. There are species that collect pollen from many wind pollinated plants, like grasses and oak catkins. Planting flowers for Andrena in the garden is not challenging, so long as you include many species with open or small flowers. Some of the plants in my garden that I have observed Andrena visiting include bulbs (i.e. Crocus; Scilla), strawberries, Apiaceae (Lomarium; others), California lilac (Ceanothus), Berberidaceae (Epimedium; Mahonia), and many others. It's worth experimenting and observing to see what they like, but if you include a large diversity of flower shapes and overlapping bloom periods, there are good odds you'll see some Andrena. Sources: Danforth, Bryan. The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation. 1st ed., Princeton University Press, 2019. Fowler, J. (2020). Pollen Specialist Bees of the Western United States. Retrieved from https://jarrodfowler.com/pollen_specialist.html Michener, Charles. The Bees of the World. 2nd ed., Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. Miliczky, Eugene. “Observations on the Nesting Biology of Andrena (Plastandrena) Prunorum Cockerell in Washington State (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae).” Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, vol. 81, no. 2, 2008, pp. 110–21. O’Toole, Christopher. Bees: A Natural History. First Edition, Firefly Books, 2013. Stephen, William Procuronoff, et al. The Biology and External Morphology of Bees. Amsterdam University Press, 1969. 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  • PPRV Team | pollinatorprojectroguevalley

    PPRV TEAM Pollinator Project Rogue Valley is directed by an all-volunteer board. We joined together to promote the health of pollinators and people - for our food systems and ecosystems - in our communities and beyond. Working together, we can save our pollinators. BOARD Arti Kirch Arti has been following a passion for the natural world her entire life, beginning with a childhood spent in the glorious Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As an adult, she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. There, in addition to creating several residential and public dry-land gardens, she also operated a nonprofit nursery specializing in native and Mediterranean-climate plants, co-founded a business growing and selling edible plants for summer gardens, was a docent at state and regional parks, and studied horticulture at several local colleges. Arti is a steadfast member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and the California Native Plant Society. Arti is thrilled with the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for the magic of seeds with the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley community. Kristina Lefever Kristina moved to the Rogue Valley in 2012 and immediately became enamored with the region's flora and fauna, especially our pollinators. At the same time, she began learning about the unprecedented decline of all pollinators and the associated implications for our food system and eco system. She and her husband turned their barren property in Ashland into a pollinator garden, with many native plants, trees - and dandelions - but of course it's never finished. Kristina loves talking about our native bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, beetles, and hummingbirds, and the plants and habitats that best support them. She also loves connecting to people who shares the dream that everyone's yard or landscape will include a little or a lot of pollinator habitat, even if it's just a pot of nepeta (catmint) on the porch. As her knowledge of native plants (and Latin!) continues to grow, she is even more passionate about growing, sharing, and planting the native annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that create the habitats that best support our region's native pollinators, and thus, all the creatures that depend upon them. Kristina is available to make presentations on the subjects of pollinators, pollinator gardens, and beneficial insects in the garden. Kristina led the effort for Ashland to become the fifth Bee City USA in 2015, and continues to serve on the subcommittee. She also serves on the board of Beyond Toxics, is a certified Jackson County Master Gardener, and is a member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Kristina is honored to serve as president of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. Patricia Burnham Pat moved to Southern Oregon in 2018, very happy to come to this slower-paced, smaller, and greener locale after living in Los Angeles. Before retiring, Pat spent many years working in corporate accounting and financial reporting. Upon moving to Oregon, she discovered her interest in native plants and pollinators, which led her to Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, where she realized her work experience would be useful and she could continue learning about the critical role pollinators play in our ecosystems. Pat is delighted to serve as Treasurer for Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. TRAINEE Christine Freidel Christine began working with PPRV in the summer of 2021 through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) managed by Easterseals. This community service and work-based job training program provides employment support for seniors re/entering the workforce, or wanting to learn new job skills. Christine certainly is - from office duties, helping with events, and caring for our gardens, plants and seeds, Christine is providing valuable support at the same time. We are thrilled to have Christine working with us, and really appreciate her presence and ideas to help keep The Pollination Place running smoothly! My name is Christine Freidel. I was placed at Pollinator Project Rogue Valley in July 2021 by Easterseals SCSEP, a program geared to assist seniors in finding a permanent career. It is a great program. When they have grant money, they’ve bought me a Chromebook, and a Winter Coat, Shoes to look for work in. Even paid for car repairs. PPRV has taught me so much. My tasks can be anywhere from Creating a spreadsheet to Watering plants. I have come to respect the nature of the seeding process. Meaning, I have harvested, cleaned and sowed seeds. When we look at each individual seed it is amazing! Some seeds are so small you need a magnifying glass to see them, others are quite large. Then these little seeds grow into these amazing plants. We sowed our first seeds October 31st, 2021. We had our first sprouts November 11th 2021. By this summer, they will be in the plant sale. So, why are these plants so important? We need to grow these plants for the pollinators!! Which is more important than most people know. Without pollinators, you’re not going to have a Vegetable garden or a fruit tree. Can you imagine a world without fruits and vegetables. What a scary thought!! I’m so excited about this project. I’m trying to put it into words. It has completely changed my way of looking at the world. To learn about how powerful one little seed is… When I saw the first sprout come up from our planting party, it was, look at what we’ve done!! We took a seed from a dried up plant and put it in soil, added some water and voila’ you have a little sprout. It’s very similar to conception and childbirth. It makes me feel so positive towards life. How did I get so lucky to live and learn about the Pollinator Project. Christine, January 28, 2022 Ethan Robison 2022-2023 AMERICORPS MEMBER Welcome, Ethan! Ethan is a United Communities AmeriCorps Member, serving as our first-ever Pollinator Educator and Outreach Specialist. In the Environmental Science and Policy program at SOU, Ethan is a junior studying biology and is excited to be working with all kinds of pollinators, especially those that some just see as "creepy crawlies". He is looking forward to learning more and teaching on the subjects of insect biology and ecology, and how the Rogue Valley community can work together to learn about and support these vital creatures that support our shared ecosystems. Ethan has lived in Southern Oregon since 2019, after growing up in Reno, Nevada. Since moving here, he has fallen in love with the landscape and wildlife, especially the pollinators, that make the Rogue Valley so vibrant. Ethan asks: Did you know that even carrots need pollinators? Carrot seed is produced because of the pollination activities of small wasps, bees, and beetles! Learn more about United Communities AmeriCorps, and Ethan, here . EDUCATION VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE Hannah Borgerson Hannah is a Southern Oregon local! She developed her love for nature whilst frolicking among the nearby ponderosa pines, white oaks, madrones and other grand native trees and plants. Later, she moved north to attend the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington, where she studied Sociology, Anthropology and Education Studies. While in Washington, Hannah’s love for the outdoors grew. By her second year in college, she was a leader of her university’s outdoor club and eventually helped coordinate the outdoor portion of the school’s orientation program. After college, Hannah moved all around the U.S., working at various summer camps and outdoor education sites. The more time she spent teaching outdoors, the more her passion grew for learning about the importance of creating healthy and sustainable ecosystems around us. Pollinators, bees and native plants became a central learning and teaching point in her outdoor education lessons at her most recent role as the Rural Schools Coordinator for Ruch Outdoor Community School. She is excited to learn more about the crucial role of pollinators and native plants, and engage more community members on this vital environmental topic. Sue Fthenakis Sue grew up backpacking in the Sierras where she fell in love with the unique and beautiful wildflowers along the trails, in the meadows, and amidst the rock outcroppings of such wonderful mountains. When she had to choose a major at her liberal arts college she was delighted to discover that if she majored in biology she could focus on learning to identify those wildflowers. That was in Colorado many years ago and although most of that knowledge has faded as her life took her in other directions, the love of native plants never diminished. Of course the health of native plants, not to mention all living things, requires healthy populations of pollinators. Knowing that educating people about the importance of pollinators is key to their survival, Sue is pleased to be part of the Education Committee, advancing the mission of planting pollinator friendly, native plants in every possible space all over the Rogue Valley to give our pollinators an environment in which they can thrive. INTERNS Sydney Godwin - Summer 2022 Sydney is a senior at St. Mary’s High School in Medford. Inspired and mentored by her dad, a wildlife biologist at the Bureau of Land Management, she began volunteering for various pollinator projects in middle school. Every year she enjoys helping with bat surveys and participating in the annual Bumble Bee Bio Blitz at Mt. Ashland and other locales. As an intern with Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, she is excited to be focusing on mason bees and sharing her knowledge with students and other members of the community! Allison Barnes - Summer 2021 Allison is a graduate student in the Environmental Education and Arts and Teaching programs at Southern Oregon University, and is excited to be helping to develop new educational materials and curriculums for future PPRV programs. Allison is looking forward to learning more about the local pollinators that can be found in the Rogue Valley, and to find creative and fun ways to share that knowledge with the community. ADVISORY COMMITTEE Dolly Warden Dolly is a co-founder of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. We are honored to have Dolly serve on our Advisory Board, following her position on our Board of Directors, where she served as Treasurer. Dolly's vision and commitment to human and environmental health has led her down many paths over her long life. Dolly enjoyed helping her father with the beehives when she was a young girl, where she learned the valuable lesson that one can work for the good of all. She is honored to be one of the first graduates of the College of the Melissae in Ashland. She is a member of the Talent Garden Club, and board member for the Cascade Girl Organization. Dolly initiated the Bee City USA "movement" in the Rogue Valley by realizing her dream to have her hometown, the City of Talent, designated the second Bee City USA in the universe! Dolly served as Chair of Bee City USA Talent until her retirement, and continues to serve as an inspiration and mentor for the Bee City USA's that followed, now over 125 to date. She also supported the formation of Bee City Canada! Dolly received her Masters Degree in Library Science at Kent State, later earning her Master of Divinity Degree, paralegal certification, and a Certification in Permaculture. She has also worked in human services, founding the Initiative for Trafficking Survivors in Dallas, and has founded and worked in programs for immigrants and survivors of torture. Dolly speaks Spanish. Kristi Mergenthaler Kristi is a botanist and naturalist based in Talent. As Stewardship Director at Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, she helps conserve and care for pollinator habitat and natural areas throughout Southern Oregon. Kristi is also the volunteer outreach coordinator with the Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon, which means she often takes long hikes through beautiful meadow and montane plant communities, and shares lots of photos on social media with other native plant lovers. She has a special affinity for native bees, especiallythe bumble bees, and learned a lot from the esteemed Dr. Robbin Thorp. She loves volunteering with The Xerces Society's Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. Patrice Hanlon Patrice is a horticultural consultant and educator who has been immersed in plants and the healing benefits of nature since she was a child. Her love of nature began while gardening with her parents and exploring the creeks and forests in Pennsylvania. Throughout her horticulture career she has written articles on nature, gardening and herbs; created garden curriculum; designed interpretive walks focused on ethnobotany, pollinators, native plants and herbs that were enjoyed by all ages. These experiences inspired Patrice to successfully manage a variety of public and private gardens for more than 20 years, including The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, and the Pollinator Garden for the City of Walnut Creek. Patrice moved to Southern Oregon in 2019, where she is planting seeds for her next adventures that will incorporate her love of designing therapeutic gardens, and creating classes with a focus on plant-based activities, walks in nature, meditation and art that help to foster a sense of community, gratitude and communion with the earth. Pete Gonzalves Pete began volunteering with nonprofit environmental organ-izations during his high-school days. A 10-speed bicycle greatly expanded his access to natural areas and the sense of freedom and wonder they provided. His early riparian explorations grew to include the shores of San Francisco Bay and the drier side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Add in a motorcycle plus construction and nursery management opportunities, and Pete was off to live among oak savannas, coastal redwood groves, and the High Sierra. Along the way, he studied horticulture, agriculture, forestry and zoology, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Entomology at Oregon State University. Occasionally flying himself to far-flung farmsteads, Pete provided insect monitoring and management advice for Rogue Valley and northern California farmers for 10 years while performing organic farm inspections throughout southern Oregon, the western United States and much of Latin America. Pete went on to serve five years as executive director at Oregon Tilth, Inc., a nonprofit promoting environmentally sound and socially equitable agriculture. He has accumulated nearly ten years of experience serving on local and national nonprofit boards. Recently retired, Pete continues to explore. He's focusing now on the wildlife habitats of a small acreage he shares with his son, daughter-in-law and newly born grandson. Pete brings many skills and expertise to PPRV, as recognized in a Volunteer Spotlight a few months ago after authoring the Native Plant Pollinator Garden Guide for the garden in front of the office in Phoenix. He looks forward to engaging with the PPRV Advisory Committee to help provide considered and progressive counsel for the organization, and also serve on the Education Committee. Robert Coffan Robert has lived in the Rogue Valley for 25 years, passionately enjoying his research into the biodiversity of this basin - from the springs gushing from the headwaters of the Rogue on the flanks of Mt. Mazama, to the hills and rivers where our Western Monarchs stop and rear their young during their fantastic migration. Robert is fascinated by the beauty and life processes of the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators, and has joined forces with others to help restore their habitat and bring the population back. He shares his knowledge and enthusiasm with students, colleagues, children, clients, landowners, decision makers, and volunteers, and continues to learn from each of them. Robert never loses sight of the importance of preserving and caring for this beautiful and diverse part of the world we call home on planet Earth. Humans are a part of it all. Together we can add value to our natural resources, and facilitate community growth and change. Robert's knowledge and perspective comes from his experiences as: Chair and Co-Founder, Western Monarch Advocates Co-Founder, Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates Owner, Katalyst, Inc. BS in Hydrology/Hydrogeology Former Adjunct Professor, Southern Oregon University. Former Chair, Rogue Basin Partnership Proud Grandpa Community Volunteer: Coyote Trails Nature Center, Northwest Seasonal Workers Association Suzie Savoie Since 2000, Suzie has been learning about and incorporating native plants into her gardens and habitat restoration projects on her property in the Applegate Valley, and she continues to delight in the numbers of pollinators and pollinator species she sees. As co-owner of both Siskiyou Ecological Services and Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds, and volunteer Conservation Chair for the Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon, she enjoys helping others with their projects. Suzie provides native seed collection services, online native seed packet sales, native nursery plants, and native projects. Suzie provides native seed collection services, online native seed packet sales, native nursery plants, and native plant consultation and planting plans. She is an avid hiker, backpacker, gardener, native plant enthusiast, and off-grid homesteader. Suzie is co-author of the Native Pollinator Plants for Southern Oregon (available at the PPRV office) and an editor of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology. Pollinator Project Rogue Valley does not discriminate or tolerate harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin or any other status or basis prohibited by state or federal law.

  • Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

    SAVING THE POLLINATORS ONE POLLINATOR GARDEN AT A TIME! Click here for Resources about pollinators, gardens and more! Stay up to date with The Pollinator Times here! Welcome, Ethan! By Ethan Robison Hello! My name is Ethan Robison and I am PPRV’s first AmeriCorps member. With the official title of “Pollinator Education and Outreach Specialist” comes a wide range of responsibilities and some exciting prospects .... click here to read more about Ethan on our blog. Pick Up A Garden Guide! We are thrilled with the success of the native plants growing in our pollinator garden in front of our office in downtown Phoenix! Click here to learn more about this garden and watch a few videos about some of the native plants we have highlighted. Our hot-off-the-press Garden Guide is now available for your self-guided tour. The Guide explains the 31 plant species growing in the garden and provides information about the pollinators they support. You are invited to visit often to see how the garden changes with the seasons, and of course we are always looking for volunteers! This Garden Guide would not have been possible without the dedication of our awesome Pollinteer, Pete Gonzalves, who contributed many hours of research in addition to his expertise. These Guides are available for sale - see our Gift Center for more information! Get on the Buzzway! Our Rogue Buzzway Project is mapping pollinator-friendly places to identify the pollinator corridors that run through the Rogue Valley. Pollinator Anthology / Anthologia de Polinizadores ​ Thank you everyone who visited the Pollinator Anthology gallery show at Catalyst Ashland Gallery in May and June! What an incredible show of just some of the paintings, photos, sculptures, poetry, and even a song, that are part of the 300 page Pollinator Anthology publication! We so enjoyed meeting the contributors, learning about the stories behind the art, and how this show has been meaningful to them. The Pollinator Anthology publication is more than a beautiful art book! With articles and facts about each of the pollinators and their role in our local ecology, plus children's activities, resources, and more, this 8x10 300-page book is educational too - we want everyone to have one! Purchase YOUR Pollinator Anthology at: our office at 312 N. Main St. Suite B, Phoenix Catalyst Ashland, 357 E. Main St., Ashland Old World Artifacts, 287 Fourth St., Ashland Other venues to be announced Or, order online to be shipped to your address! And don't forget the sticker! Click here to view our photo albums, from the wonderful opening on May's First Friday at the Catalyst Ashland Gallery, the second First Friday in June, to our Celebration and Publishing Events on June 18 and June 25! Great art and great people! These sponsor organizations and businesses are part of the legacy of raising awareness about pollinators and their critical role for the native ecology in the Rogue Valley! Thank You Sponsors! Please share this wonderful project! Proceeds from the sale of the published anthology will benefit Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. Enjoy this sneak peek of the Pollinator Anthology! We are honored to be part of this amazing project created by our friends, Eden and Rebeca. And even more honored to have been selected as the recipient of this beautiful vision for the community. ~ Kristina, Pat, Cecile, and Arti ​ Native Plant Sale for the Pollinators - Fall 2022 Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ​ Save the Date for our annual Fall Native Plant Sale for the Pollinators! With six vendors - Klamath Siskiyou Native Seeds, Jackson County Master Gardeners, Klamath Native Plant Nursery, Dry Earth Nursery, and White Oak Farm (new!) (replacing The Freshwater Trust) - along with Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, there will be plenty of plants for everyone! More information on Facebook and Eventbrite . We will never share your information. Ever. Bee Informed! Sign up for The Pollinator Times, our mostly-monthly e-newsletter! Have a Question? Have an Idea? Let us know! Thanks for you support! First Name * Last Name * Email * City * Message Thank you for signing on! Send We invite you to join us to help communities and landscapes work together to create and support diverse ecosystems rich with native plants and thriving wild pollinators. Available at our office, 312 N. Main St., Suite B, Phoenix, OR We Love Our PPRV T-Shirts! Organic cotton. All sizes. Rogue Valley Farm Tour July 18, 2021 The Rogue Valley Farm Tour, a free, family-friendly event, brings people directly to the farmers, land, and animals that produce our delicious local foods. PPRV was excited to table with our friends at Oshala Farm, along with Our Family Farms. We were thrilled that farm tour participants had the opportunity to learn about pollinators with our fun and colorful Pollinator Activity Sheet.

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