Polk-Burnett recognizes National Pollinator Week June 18-24
Polk-Burnett and its wholesale power provider, Dairyland Power Cooperative, are supporting bee and butterfly habitat with pollinator gardens
Pollinator gardens are being created at 18 of Dairyland’s solar energy facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, including SunTuria Solar at Polk-Burnett in Centuria. Solar project developers are using native seed mixes of grasses and flowers to create beneficial bee and butterfly habitat at each site. When complete later this year, nearly 250 acres of new pollinator habitat will be established. Polk-Burnett and Dairyland have a responsibility and devotion to protecting natural resources and being a good steward of the environment.
Pollinator Facts (Sources: Minnesota Department of Agriculture and pollinator.org)
- Most pollinators are beneficial insects such as bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. Pollinators also include birds and bats.
- Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent in the last 20 years.
- About three-quarters of the more than 240,000 flowering plants in the world rely on pollinators.
- Pollinators provide one of every three bites of food we eat.
With headquarters in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland Power Cooperative (www.dairylandpower.com) provides wholesale electricity to 24 member distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. These cooperatives and municipals, in turn, supply the energy needs of more than a half-million people. Today, the cooperative’s generating resources include
coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar and biogas.