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Pollinator Pathway

Plymouth

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As the largest municipality in Massachusetts by area, Plymouth currently has approximately 28% of our 65,000 acres designated as protected open space. Plymouth contains the third highest per square mile occurrence of rare, threatened and endangered species of any community in Massachusetts, 36 miles of coastline and 365+ inland ponds including 32 globally rare coastal plain ponds. The town also sits on the second largest sole-source aquifer in the state.


To see the Town of Plymouth's Pollinator Pathway Action Plan please visit this link:

Plymouth Pollinator Protection Plan


To see and/or download a booklet entitled:  "Invasive Plants, The 'Dirty Dozen" of Plymouth: Identification and Control"  click on

https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/documentcenter/view/3479

Manomet Observatory
125 Manomet Point Road, Plymouth, MA 02360

Manomet Observatory represents nearly 40 acres of eastern forest, coastal bluff, freshwater wetland and open grassland habitat. A living laboratory, to date over 300 species of bird, 500 species of insect and nearly 250 plant species have been documented on the property. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Kathleen “Betty” Anderson Nature trail, which winds through a series of old farm fields and former cranberry bogs, now being managed to provide habitat for migratory birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Interpretive signs and a wildlife viewing blind along the trail offer information and a chance to observe wildlife up-close. The trail begins at our information kiosk and ends at a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay and the Garden for Wildlife, a formal garden showcasing native plantings that promote local biodiversity.  


Trail is open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.  


For more information, visit 

https://www.manomet.org/manomet-observatory/

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
60 Beaver Dam Road, Plymouth MA 02360

Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, a former cranberry farm, underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration in the Northeast. The restoration included planting of 20,000 native species and today, pollinators can be found throughout the 481-acre sanctuary including Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), New York Ironweed (Veronia noveborecensis), Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) and many more. The sanctuary can be accessed at 60 Beaver Dam Road in Plymouth and is open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk.

Wildlands Trust at Davis Douglas Farm
675 Long Pond Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360

Wildlands Trust, at Davis Douglas Farm, has four pollinator gardens, a pollinator friendly herb garden, and a new wildflower meadow.  Almost all plants are native and include, swamp milkweed, butterfly weed, turtlehead, lobelia, rudbeckia, partridge pea, sweet fern, pearl everlasting, and many many more.  Included on the farm are pollinator friendly trees and shrubs including sourwood and crab apple trees, cranberry vibernum, winterberry, bayberry, and witch hazel.

Plymouth County Sheriff's Farm Companion & Pollinator Garden
74 Obery St Plymouth MA 02360

The Companion & Pollinator Garden at Plymouth County Sheriff's Farm is a partnership project of food production beds and pollinator plants put together with support from Mass Audubon and Terra Cura. This small but growing section of raised beds nestled within the petting zoo area can be found near the picnic area and parking lot.  Beyond the raised bed project is a 90-acre farm - the oldest operational prison farm in the country that was historically used to grow food to feed inmates. As part of rehabilitative, educational, and vocational programs qualified inmates are eligible for work assignments on the farm. The farm now grows and donates thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables to area food pantries every year.  Also at this location is the new hydroponics and aquaponics Environmental Justice Education Center. 


Included is a raised bed dedicated to native plants.  Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Clustered mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) New England Aster(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) Wild Bergamot  (Monarda fistulosa)


https://www.pcsdma.org/farm.html

Foothills Preserve
84 Beaver Dam Road, Plymouth, MA

The Foothills Preserve, a former cranberry agricultural site, was restored to native conditions in 2021 after acquisition by the Town. As part of this restoration, approximately 1 mile of brook was restored, and 58 different plant species comprising over 20,000 individual plants were placed throughout the site. These include important pollinator species such as: Blue Vervain (Verbena hestata), Early Goldenrod (Solidago juncea), Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), multiple Milkweed species (Asclepias spp.), Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea), Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum), and flowering shrubs such as Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) Blueberry species (Vaccinium spp.), Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), and Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).


The Town was also fortunate to partner with MassAuduon at Foothills to help reestablish potential habitat for the Frosted Elfin (Callophys irus), a butterfly in decline in Massachusetts. This included creating six separate locations on the property where thousands of the Elfin’s host plant, Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), were planted with the help of dozens of volunteers. As part of this project, drill seeding also took place to establish populations of numerous other native species, include the pollinator species of Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Ox-eye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).


Town Brook Corridor

Since 2002, dozens of projects and five dam removals have occurred to assist in diadromous fish migration. As part of these projects, impoundments created by dams are drained and planted with native species. Multiple locations along Town Brook including the Patuxet Preserve, Holmes Park, and walking areas along the Brook have received attention and plantings with native seed-mixes, plugs, and shrubs such as Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Blue Vervain (Verbena hestata), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium spp.), Milkweed Species (Asclepias spp.), Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Pink Azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), White Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), and Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).


Russel Mill Pond Conservation Area - 204 Long Pond Road

Two former buildings in the Russel Mill Pond Conservation Area were demolished between 2022 and 2023, and their footprints planted to help accelerate the recovery process. Flowering species such as Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Early Goldenrod (Solidago juncea), Heath Aster (Symphyotricum pilosum) Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), and Purple Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpurea) were planted in these locations, along with numerous native grass species to provide cover for native animal species.


Seaside Trail – Nelson Park

The Seaside Trail received a significant facelift in 2023 through paving, benches, and plantings. Thanks in part to a generous donation from a local resident, dozens of plants were placed throughout the trail area in fall 2023. This included two Flowering Dogwood trees (Cornus florida), and dozens of shrubs and herbaceous plantings to include Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sp.), Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), native grasses, and 2,400 daffodil and tulip bulbs.

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Our Partners

Sustainable Plymouth, Wildlands Trust, Town of Plymouth, Mass Audubon, Plymouth Public Library

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