EarthKeepers II and The EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:
The Worldwide Bee Decline is Real and Scary; Michigan Interfaith Pollinator Gardens to Help Bees/Butterflies by Growing Native Plants While Producing Vegetables for Humans

EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury - across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northeast Wisconsin - in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

EarthKeepers II and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are battling non-native invasive species that ruin ecosystems and hurt pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The EarthKeepers II (EK II) Technical Advisor for Community Gardens is Jan Schultz, head botanist at the USFS Eastern Region (R-9) Office in Milwaukee, WI.

Schultz is sharing her expertise about pollinators, native plants, invasive species, cultivars and other issues related to a healthy ecosystem.

Schultz said the worldwide decline in pollinators – especially bees and butterflies – is all to real.

The reasons for the bee decline are varied but most involve human impact.

EK II educates the public about the detrimental effects of non-native plants and reducing airborne mercury through energy conservation audits at 40 churches/temples – and teaching congregations how they can save energy in their homes.

EK II is helping plant 30 interfaith community gardens across northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin

Native plant gardens being created by EK II can help spread pollinators instead of invasive species.

Organizers hope others will be inspired by the project – making its reach even further.

EarthKeepers II
EarthKeepersUP.org

Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute
Marquette, MI
CedarTreeInstitute.org

EK II social sites:
youtube.com/EarthKeepersII
EarthKeepersII.blogspot.com
EarthKeepersII.wordpress.com
facebook.com/EarthKeepersII
vimeo.com/EarthKeepersII
twitter.com/EarthKeeperTeam
pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII
pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/EarthKeepers-II-and-the-EPA-Great-Lakes-Restoratio
pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/Great-Lakes-Restoration-Initiative
EarthKeepers II Google youtube page
plus.google.com/u/0/b/104404714072685272630/104404714072685272630/videos

Photos along Monte Cristo Scenic Drive/Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Ogden, Utah
USDA USFS Ogden Ranger District 801-625-5112

Native bumblebees pollinate the western coneflower and a Wasatch penstemon is pollinated by a Bombus bee.
USFS photos by Teresa Prendusi
fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/intermountain/MonteCristo/images/9_Rudbeckia_occidentalis_TP_lg.jpg
fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/intermountain/MonteCristo/images/7_Wasatch_penstemon_and_bumblebee_TP_lg.jpg

USFS Pollinaor Gardens, Pollinator Friendly Practices
pollinator.org/Resources/PollinatorFriendlyPractices.pdf
fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/friendlypractices.shtml
fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/panels.shtml
nancyseiler.com/design/native-plants-pollinators
fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/panels/PollinatorFriendlyPractices.pdf

What supermarkets without bees look like
huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/15/supermarket-without-bees_n_3442938.html

Decline of bees forces China's apple farmers to pollinate by hand
2-10-12
Wild bee decline in China threatens more than just its apple and pear harvests, says pollination expert Dave Goulson, biological science professor at Stirling University in the UK
chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/5193

Food supply threatened by pesticides that kill bees: Honey and almonds are at risk
4-8-13
By Talya Dagan
naturalnews.com/039823_pesticides_honeybees_pollinators.html

Loss of wild pollinators hurting food security
3-14-13
By David Gutierrez, staff writer
naturalnews.com/039479_wind_pollinators_food_security_honeybees.html

One-third of honeybee colonies in U.S. died last winter
Food collapse approaches
5-15-13
By Ethan A. Huff
naturalnews.com/040347_honeybees_Colony_Collapse_Disorder_pollinators.html

One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply
5-8-13
By Brandon Keim
Honeybees photo by Jennifer Copley via Flickr/metaphoricalplatypus.com
wired.com/wiredscience/2013/05/winter-honeybee-losses

Honey Bee Colony Losses in the U.S. during Winter 2012-2013
Bee Informed Partnership
Photo courtesy of Jennie Stitzinger
beeinformed.org/2013/05/winter-loss-survey-2012-2013
beeinformed.org/2011/11/nationwide-partnership-seeks-to-halve-honeybee-losses

Global Collapse of Food Supplies Approaches
30% of Bee Colonies Wiped Out Last Year
shtfplan.com/headline-news/peak-pollination-global-collapse-of-food-supplies-approaches-as-30-of-bee-colonies-wiped-out-in-the-last-year_05162013

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