How to start a pathway in your town:

  • Organize a group of interested conservation organizations (garden club, land trust, watershed organization, nature center, town conservation commission…). Create a steering committee of volunteers from each organization.

 

  • Identify land of highest conservation value to the community, and identify a pathway that connects these areas as well as open spaces already protected.  The Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership (H2H) can provide access to regional strategic conservation maps for planning purposes for groups in the following counties: Fairfield (CT), Westchester, Dutchess, or Putnam (NY). 

 

  • Hold a “kick-off” event at your library or community center to announce the launch of your pollinator pathway. Host speakers to discuss threats to pollinators, the importance of native plants to their survival, alternatives to pesticides… Contact us for speaker list.

 

  • Let us know if you would like to have a page on the Pollinator-pathway.org website where you can list events and contact information for those interested in joining. Consider setting up a Facebook page, like @Wilton Pollinator Pathway, for example.

 

  • Raise money through donations or grants to remove invasives and plant native plants in your town’s open spaces. Invite the community to volunteer at planting events. Show volunteers which plants are the local invasives and which natives are good replacements, then put everyone to work! So far, these organizations have supported plantings with grants: REI Norwalk, Ridgefield Rotary Club, Wilton Garden Club.

 

  • Contact residents along the designated pathway and invite them to avoid using pesticides and add native plants to their landscaping.  Consider offering that garden club members will visit on-site to advise on how to add native tree, shrubs, perennials or a meadow and which plants will work best in their yard.

 

  • Consider sponsoring workshops for building bird houses and mason bee hotels, sponsor butterfly walks and talks on issues related to pollinators.

 

  • Contact the local paper and engage them in helping to publicize the plight of pollinators and what your town is doing to help support them.

 

 

  • Keep in touch and share ideas! More information on each of these steps is available.  Contact us with questions at Info@pollinator-pathway.