Welcome to the Mansfield Pollinator Pathway. The Mansfield Town Council adopted a Pollinator Resolution in 2020. We are currently working in collaboration with the Towns of Chaplin and Windham, Joshua Trust, Eastern Connecticut State University and The Last Green Valley to establish contiguous, safe habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and other insects. Our Eastern Connecticut region contains bountiful trails and rivers which will become a documented pollinator pathway including private and public spaces, from small flower boxes or curbside strips to large parcels of land.
Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny wasps to butterflies to hummingbirds. Many insects have evolved to be plant specific and depend exclusively on native plants to host their larvae. Most local bees only have a travel range of half a mile before they need to refuel. Similarly, many native plants depend on specific soil conditions and pollinators to bear fruit. As a result, we need to involve our community in connecting our fragmented nature preserves, parks, town owned properties and our backyards with pollinator friendly plants.
Regardless of where you live, your efforts can make a difference to our pollinator numbers and will help improve the quality of our town's air, water and soil. Please join us!
Merrow Meadow Park
Merrow Meadow, a 33-acre park along the Willimantic River, is part of the Willimantic River Greenway. Joe pye weed, golden rod and perennial sunflowers in bloom. A bumblebee in a Touch-me-not.
Our pollinator friends need:
Food and shelter
Access to water
An environment free from harmful chemicals
Ways that you can participate:
Join in upcoming events
Plant native plants and manage invasive species
Take the Pollinator Pathway Pledge if you own property
Can you go one step further and join the Kiss My Grass - Goodbye program? If you keep areas of lawn for its own sake (not used for playing or entertaining for example) we would love you to kiss that grass goodbye by replacing the grass with native plants. Sources of native plants: https://www.pollinator-pathway.org/where-to-buy-native-plants