Save Pollinators Symposium

Series: Pollinator Week

Venue: Rainier Arts Center

Address: 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118

Organizer: Town Hall Seattle, The Common Acre

Date: June 19, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Exploring how our communities can save pollinators with lightning talks from diverse perspectives, Q&A moderated by David Crowder, WSU Entomologist, and community tabling fair from 6-7pm. Produced by The Common Acre, NW Pollinator Initiative, and Town Hall Seattle.


  • Opening reading by Claudia Castro Luna, WA State Poet Laureate
  • Elias Bloom, WSU PhD Candidate
    • Wild bees and other pollinators contribute to billions of dollars a year in global pollination services. However, relatively little is known about these precious pollinators in the Puget Sound Region. In this lecture we will outline some of the habitat and floral resource management techniques that can be used to conserve wild bee pollinators in the Puget Sound Region, with a focus on the installation of pollinator buffer strips and cavity-nest construction. We will also provide information on the major pollinator groups that utilize these habitat for nests, pollen, and nectar resources. This lecture is applicable to community members who would like to enhance pollinator conservation in the Puget Sound Region using globally applicable artificial habitat and floral resource management techniques.
  • Shantae Johnson and Arthur Shavers of Mudbone Grown, LLC
    • MudBone Grown is in the business of growing food, growing community health, growing business, and growing community culture around delivery of the triple bottom line to historically absent or barriered communities. MudBone Grown practices and teaches what it promotes, and as part of a motivated and dedicated collaborative, we are working to establish a more just and equitable sustainable food system in the Portland Metro area.We’ll explore Culture and Conservation: Celebrating Pollinators in Urban Farm Settings through building soil health and inviting pollinators with innovative projects. We use current culture trends to reach diverse communities around pollinator education and appreciation, i.e. a Wakanda themed insect motel. We use our land as a learning farm that teaches the value of local food production, conservation and being good environmental stewards with a cultural lens.
  • Bridget McNassar, Native Plant Nursery Manager, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
    • Learn why native plants are vitally important to pollinators, how to choose native plants for your pollinator planting, and tips for procuring plants and seeds
  • Fern Renville, Teaching Artist at SNAG productions
    • To Sting or not to Sting: exploring connections between pollinators and nettles
  • Raymond Williams, Science Educator, Black Farmers Collective and Yes Farm; and
    • This spring the Black Farmers Collective broke ground on a new urban farm in the center of the city. What was the rationale for an inclusive, but explicitly Afro-centric urban farm? How did we partner with Seattle Housing Authority to activate I-5 right of way? Our goal in creating a cooperative farm is to grow food and community, restore native habitat, and support the development of an ecosystem that supports biodiversity. Pollinator support is a stated priority in our community planning process. One key project will be (has been) the development of pollinator habitat. On the land slated for future production we will sow Flight Path Wildflower Mix from The Common Acre. Other specifics will be shared. With inspiration from Havana and Detroit, we will share our vision and how the audience can participate.