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SEED A LEGACY: New Pollinator Habitat Program Launches in 11 Midwest States

March 1, 2018

BISMARCK, North Dakota (February 26, 2018) – Midwest landowners who want to help honey bees and monarch butterflies have a unique opportunity through The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s SEED A LEGACY Pollinator Habitat Program. The updated program expanded in 2018 to include 11 states. Landowners and beekeepers work together to provide cost-effective, high-quality pollinator habitat to ensure honey bee and monarch butterfly populations thrive.

Applications for each state will be accepted online at starting March 1st. The application deadline is March 31, 2018 for spring planting. A second application period will open later in 2018 for projects to be planted in the fall.

“The fastest, most impactful way to improve pollinator health and increase populations is to establish habitat that strategically delivers maximum pollinator nutrition,” Pete Berthelsen, Partnership Coordinator with The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund explains. “We bring innovation and new technology to habitat by delivering projects that are cost-effective, establish quickly, provide greater pollinator value, and better handle weed competition.”

Enrollment is open to public, private and corporate landowners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. These states were selected based on their critical role to address National Pollinator Partnership Action Plan goals.

Pollinator populations are experiencing critical population declines. Monarch butterfly populations have declined by 80% over the past 20 years, honey bee hive losses top 40% annually, and in 2017 the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee was listed as an endangered species. Landowners participating in The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s SEED A LEGACY Program can help reverse this trend.

“The Seed A Legacy program offers a unique opportunity to get high quality pollinator habitat on the landscape in a critical location of the country,” says Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch. “Establishing pollinator habitat is one of the most impactful ways that people can benefit monarch butterflies and other important pollinator species.” 

Submitted applications will be ranked to ensure projects maximize benefits for both pollinators and landowners. Successful applicants will receive free or highly discounted pollinator seed mixtures proven to provide pollinator value for monarch butterflies, honey bees and native pollinators. All projects must meet program guidelines at and complete the appropriate state application online at



The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund

The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is dedicated to establishing high-quality pollinator habitat to ensure pollinator populations thrive. The Fund, in partnership with Project Apis m. and Browning’s Honey Company works with landowners, conservationists, scientists, and beekeepers to design and build healthy and sustainable pollinator habitat. Learn more at


Media Contact                                            

Pete Berthelsen, Partnership Coordinator

The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund

Cell | 308-390-0848

Office | 800-407-5337



Since 2015, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund has worked with landowners in the Upper Midwest to establish high-quality pollinator habitat in a cost-effective manner that establishes quickly to better handle weed competition.


Populations of the iconic monarch butterfly have declined by 80% in the past 20 years. Proven seed mixtures used in this North Dakota habitat project provide equal acreage for monarch butterflies and honey bees.

Diverse habitat featuring plants such as purple prairie clover in this Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund project, offer honey bees nutritious pollen and nectar to sustain the hive and produce honey.


“The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is the bees’ buzz! The effort is integrating the very best performing habitat solutions where they are most needed, by bringing landowners and beekeepers together in a program where everyone benefits. It’s our goal to make every available acre the best it can be. It’s truly amazing just how much difference an acre can make when the habitat is engineered for maximum productivity!”

Zac Browning, Co-owner, Browning’s Honey Co., Inc.

“This project is a unique conservation effort, targeting acres in regions where conversion to soy and corn is happening very fast. By identifying places where habitat makes the most sense, the bottom line improves for the grower, the beekeeper, the monarch, upland songbirds and game birds, honey bees and native pollinators – it’s a program that can’t lose!”

Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m.

"The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is unique in that it has found the way to plant cost-effective pollinator habitat that establishes quickly and provides great pollinator benefits. It's the trifecta of getting great pollinator benefits onto the landscape. If we try to solve the critical problems for pollinators using the same tools and methods we have used for the last decade, we won’t be successful. The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund brings new strategies, methods and partners together to save monarch butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators, not to mention the nation’s food supply and beautiful landscapes."

Peter S. Berthelsen, Partnership Coordinator, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund