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Flowers at Paul Smith’s College VIC Native Species Butterfly House (News Photo – Lauren Yates)

Residents of the Adirondacks have the power to help monarch butterflies and other pollinators as they continue to struggle to survive in this overdeveloped world of ours.

In 2011, Keeseville-based AdkAction began teaching the public how to help monarch butterflies – designing and distributing milkweed seeds and informational brochures and sponsoring conferences and film screenings. Five years later, the organization created the Adirondack Pollinator Project, expanding its monarch program to include all pollinators.

Now, with the help of Paul Smith’s College and the Tupper Lake Wild Center, AdkAction is empowering the public by tackling head-on the many threats to pollinators, including the loss and fragmentation of pollinators. habitat, pesticide use, climate change and disease.

AdkAction offers free native wildflower seed packets to people living in the Adirondacks Park and hosts an annual native plant sale; the goal is to increase habitat for native pollinators in the area. According to AdkAction, planting native wildflower seeds in the spring is a family activity.

“A pollinator garden is a garden planted primarily with flowers that provide nectar or pollen to a wide range of pollinating insects”, AdkAction states on its website. “Native flowering plants are best, and pesticides and other chemicals are avoided. These habitats can be beautiful and attract birds and other wildlife in addition to pollinators.

Pollinator gardens can include plants such as lemon balm, milkweed, turtlehead, mountain mint, phlox, and other native, pesticide-free, pollinator-friendly plants.

AdkAction provides assistance to people who want to create pollinator gardens at home or in their businesses.

And the Pollinator Garden Assistance Program is planting community pollinator garden sites throughout the region. Schools, libraries, hospitals, municipal parks and other community sites can apply to receive a garden.

Learn more about the Adirondack Pollinator Project at


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