Citizen Advocates builds buzz through Pollinator Project

Carl Lefebvre, Diane Cousins and Gerry Roe, of Citizen Advocates’ Enhanced Day Habilitation Program in Saranac Lake, help assemble seed and brochure packets for the Adirondack Pollinator Project. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — A team effort at Citizen Advocates is creating some buzz through their participation in a local initiative.

A few months ago, individuals receiving support at the nonprofit group’s Enhanced Day Habilitation in Saranac Lake partnered with AdkAction to help with their Pollinator Project, which provides free wildflower seeds intended to provide a diversity of nectar and pollen sources for local bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds.

“Some of the individuals we support are participating by stapling informational brochures to packets of seeds that are distributed to places like the Paul Smith’s College VIC,” said Eric Ackerson, habilitation coordinator for Citizen Advocates. “In the meantime, the college has reached out to us to provide the seed packets as part of a care package for this year’s graduating class.”

Since Paul Smith’s College isn’t having a public graduation this year, it is providing the graduating class with something called “commencement in a box.” The college is a partner with the Pollinator Project, along with the Lake Placid Land Conservancy and The Wild Center nature museum in Tupper Lake.


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