Pollinator Protection Program
I’m thrilled to have begun my summer work as a SLU PIC intern for the Local Living Venture and WISER Center at SUNY Potsdam. For the past two weeks, I’ve been working with Chelle Lindahl to develop a citizen science project for the Pollinator Protection Program (bit.ly/PollinatorProgram), which aims to protect and support our local pollinators. Around 75 to 90 percent of plants are fertilized by pollinators, and it is crucial that we maintain the health of our local environment by ensuring the success of pollinators in our area.
As a biology major going into my senior year, I’m very excited to continue local environmental work in the North Country after my last summer working for Nature Up North at SLU. This summer, Local Living Venture will be collaborating with Nature Up North to develop a citizen science project. We are still in the early development stages for the project, but I have spent a lot of time researching and discussing with professors in order to create an outline.
Outside of citizen science, I’m looking forward to participating in general events and outreach for the Pollinator Protection Program. I’ve attended the local food advisory group and pollinator forums. I will be attending public programs and workshops, and I’ve begun to develop social media for the cause. I can’t wait to see where this internship takes me next. I look forward to continuing to develop materials for the Pollinator Protection Program, and can’t wait to continue an incredible summer at SLU.