Stamford Pollinator Pathway

KEEP CHECKING BACK TO SEE HOW MANY TREES WE HAVE PLANTED!

Wow! With your help we have achieved our $4,000.00 Stamford Tree Project goal, and due to the generosity of Sustainable CT your donation was matched for a total of $8,000.00! All donations will be used to plant native trees in four city parks:

Scalzi, Lione, Cove Island and Chestnut Hill.

You can still support this project by joining our "watering" team during the summer months. If you are interested, message us or send an email to Pollinatorpathwaystamford@gmail.com.

In your note, let us know which park you would prefer to help water trees.

 

Thank you for bee-ing part of the Earth Day Tree Project!

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If you love to see butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies flitting about (and who doesn't?) then you should consider joining the Pollinator Pathway Stamford initiative. Part of a movement catching on across CT, Westchester and beyond, PPS is an effort to attract and protect these and other pollinators. Whether you have a large landscaped garden or just a planted pot or two on your balcony or terrace, you can play a big part.

 

Why is such an effort needed? Sadly, there has been a precipitous decline in the number of pollinators, as much as 45% by some estimates, with over 40% of insect species threatened by extinction. Why is this important? Because at least 30% of our food supply relies on pollinators for fertilization, everything from apples to zucchini and even everyone's beloved chocolate! Our garden flowers, too, depend on pollinators.

 

So, what is a "Pollinator Pathway"? Well, in a perfect world it is a safe, contiguous corridor where pollinators, from bees to birds and even small animals, can find food and habitat. Pollinators have limits to the distances they can travel and these days, due to urbanization and the increasing use of turf lawns and asphalt parking lots, pollinators face "food deserts", leading to their decline. The overuse of pesticides, including herbicides, is also a major factor.

The Pathway movement aims to combine public and private land to give our pollinators a chance not just to survive but to thrive. Because most of the land in Stamford is privately owned, individual residents are key to reconnecting our fragmented landscape. By making our private properties "stepping stones" on the way to that contiguous corridor, we help create a healthy landscape where pollinators have free flow to do their work for our food and flowers.

It is easy to "bee" part of the Stamford Pathway - just add some native plants (whether in pots or gardens) to sustain pollinators, avoid using pesticides, and learn about the best ways to maintain a healthy landscape.

Photo Courtesy of Patricia Morris

Where to Buy Native Plants in

Stamford

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Spring  is here. But Wait! While it is tempting to clean up all of the garden beds as soon as possible, hold off until there is a stretch of 50 degree weather for about 5 days in a row until the pollinators leave their nesting sites. If the beds are cleaned up too early, all the pollinators and insects will die.

And there is still time to cut the vines off trees. Check out the links below.

Spring Cleanup Time

Don't Spring into Garden Cleanup too Soon

Vines and Trees: Do Vines Harm Trees by Growing on Them?

CAES Woody Vines - Identification Control

Remember,

Your Trees are Meadows in the Sky!

Want to Support the Pollinator Pathway Stamford but do not have time to volunteer? Help us grow by donating at one of our events or send donations to:

Pollinator Pathway Stamford

18 Tremont Ave

Stamford, CT 06906

​We are a  Community Group and not a 501C3 organization.

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Continue to check back on Stamford’s Pollinator Pathway page for new items will be added regularly.