Stamford Pollinator Pathway
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.
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