Stamford Pollinator Pathway

Great news! The Stamford Board of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the

Ordinance Prohibiting the use and Application of Non-organic Substances on City-Owned Properties.

Thank you to everyone who either voiced their support by speaking at the public hearing or submitting something in writing.  The Pollinator Pathway Stamford support was noticed, and we feel the support helped propel the Ordinance forward.

Check Out Beyond Pesticide's Daily Blog about Stamford!

2021 Earth Day Project
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37 Trees have been 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.

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.

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Photo Courtesy of Patricia Morris

INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT!

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Have you seen a Spotted Lantern Fly? If so, kill it and report the location to  the

Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Where to Buy Native Plants in Stamford

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Our theme for 2022: BIRDS!

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Christmas Bird Count!

Sponsored by the National Audubon Society

Greenwich-Stamford area count will be at Audubon Greenwich on Sunday, December 19.

Email: Cynthia Ehlinger

cynthiaehlinger@gmail.com.

Project Feeder Watch

A community science project run by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird counts feed a database that has a century's worth of data. The count runs from November to April, but you may join at any time. You DO NOT need a bird feeder to participate. It does cost $18 to join, however you do receive a lot of helpful information.

Grass Backyard Bird Count

Another Community science project run by Cornell Lab of Ornithology & the National Audubon Society. Takes place over four days every February. The 2022 dates are February 18-21.

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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.