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As the coordinator for the Go Native Project at Bandon High School, I must extend gratitude to the multiple people, businesses and organizations that were invaluable support for the Wild Rivers Pollinator Project.

Thank you for participating Port of Bandon, Bandon Professional Center and Southern Coos Health Foundation for hanging the Boardwalk and Hospital art shows. They are a real treat for the eye. The Oregon Art Commission and National Endowment for the Arts awarded a grant to Go Native to bring Artist Vicki Affatati into the Pollinator Project to create and inspire art with students of Bandon School District, K-12 for these shows. In Old Town, you can see and appreciate these Pollinator Partners hanging large outdoor pollinator art, created by local artists: The Toy Store, art in the alcove around the corner; Second Street Gallery; Olivia’s Cottage and Garden; Nature’s Imagination, on the Pedway; The Broken Anchor; and the Port of Bandon’s Farmers Market. Donated artworks were created by Kathleen Bailey, Kayleigh Martindale, Felina Schmitz, Eleanor Winston, Mara Nolan and Vicki Affatati. Their generous spirit lifts us all up. See the art shows before Cranberry Festival if you can and visit our Go Native booth on Fridays at the Farmers Market to take our Pollinator Art survey or get a map of the artwork around town. Or to buy pollinator plants.

Where possible we have paired Go Native nursery grown flowers and cedar planters with our logo. Diversity of flowers is expressed through these plantings. Harbor Lights Middle School zallowed Go Native to facilitate a Butterfly Garden in front of the school. You should see it, it is beautiful and full of butterflies. Great assistance was received from Coos County Master Gardeners Everett Johnston, Christine Hall and Nancy Galbraith for volunteering to work with the kids, educating and planting for pollinators.

We hope that we have influenced and encouraged our communities to pay attention to how our pollinators, particularly our native species and to enhance or create habitat wherever possible. Even one pot of flowers, of a pollinator friendly variety, can make a difference.

Mitakuye Oyasin, We Are All Related

Darcy Grahek