Friends of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Constructing a Sedge Meadows Observation Deck at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (MN)
Construct an educational kiosk, install a granite trail, and build an observation deck overlooking the last intact sedge meadow in Minnesota. Project will educate visitors about the importance of sedge meadows and provide hands-on experiences at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for students from eight local schools.
Monarch Joint Venture
Developing and Implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation Program for the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund (MN)
Develop and implement an evaluation plan of NFWF’s Pollinator Fund investment sites, including citizen science monitoring. Project will provide a formal report detailing NFWF’s contribution to monarch habitat throughout the central flyway.
Improving Pollinator Habitat Connectivity in the Midwest and Great Lakes Flyway (AR, IL, MI, MN, WI)
Develop and expand a regional seed collection and native plant materials network program in the Midwest and Great Lakes region to support monarch butterflies, rusty patched bumble bees and other declining pollinator species. Project will improve more than 5,000 acres of pollinator habitat, collect 50 pounds of milkweed seed, collect 50 pounds of nectar plant seed, and propagate 2,000 milkweed and 1,000 nectar species seedlings.
Increasing Technical Assistance to Engage Landowners in Pollinator Conservation (IA, IL, MN, WI)
Create two landowner-focused staff positions and develop an outreach and technical assistance program in the upper Midwest to implement recovery plans for the monarch butterfly, Karner blue butterfly, and rusty patched bumble bee. Project will identify and engage private working landowners to carry out pollinator habitat restoration and management projects, bringing 3,000 acres under improved management and restoring 2,000 acres of habitat.
Brook Trout Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustain our Great Lakes (multiple states)
Conduct an evaluation to understand brook trout response, including abundance, young of year, multiple life stages, and effective breeders, to the improved access to and quality of habitat. Project will track progress towards the Great Lakes Business Plan stream habitat related goals.