What are pollinators?
• insects, birds or other animals that move pollen from one plant to another
• they enable the cross fertilization of plants promoting reproduction and the growth of new plants
• more than 30% of our food grows as a result of the work pollinators do
Photos courtesy of Dave Cronin
What is threatening our pollinators?
• widespread application of pesticides and other chemicals on lawns and landscaped plantings and in agriculture
• climate changes that lead to lack of larval host plants
• loss of food and shelter sources as natural environments becoming increasingly fragmented through urbanization and suburbanization
What is a Pollinator Pathway?
pesticide-free corridors of native plants that provide nutrition and habitat for pollinators
these protected corridors are created from a partnership of public and private properties
even the smallest of available green spaces like flower boxes and curb strips can be part of the pathway
How to Join
• include native plants on your property
and manage invasive species
• do not use pesticides and herbicides (pesticide policy & FAQ here)
• rethink your lawn--mow higher and less often; consider reducing lawn size by adding shrubs, trees, a mini meadow; leave some bare ground and dead wood for nesting native bees; leave some autumn leaves for overwintering eggs and pupae of pollinating insects
• help spread the word by ordering a 6" sign showing your yard is on the Pollinator Pathway--here's how