Towns on the Pollinator Pathway
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Welcome to the City of Beacon Pollinator Pathway! We are a part of the larger movement to create a corridor of adjacent properties—both private and public spaces—that provides safe habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Our goal is to make Beacon an uninterrupted part of the pathway by increasing the number of residential, commercial, and municipal spaces that are pesticide-free and host native plants.
Many residents and local organizations have taken our pledge and are incorporating native plants into their yards. These efforts can make a huge difference to our pollinator numbers and will help improve the quality of our city's air, water, and soil. We hope that you will join the fun!
The Millburn Pollinator Pathway connects public and private gardens containing New Jersey native plant species for the benefit of the Millburn Township community, flora and fauna alike. Native pollinators and the native plants upon which they rely have evolved together, belong together, and together will help to restore balance to our ecosystem. Each garden comprising the Pathway provides our native pollinators, such as butterflies, moths, bees, and hummingbirds, with the plants that will attract them, provide them with food, shelter and places to reproduce.
One of the two public gardens located in Taylor Park is designated as a Rain Garden. The other is a Monarch Milkweed Garden originally planted as an Eagle Scout Project. On Glen Avenue, across from the Locust Grove entrance to the South Mountain Reservation, can be found a mini-wildflower garden seasonally hosting a variety of pollinators. The traffic triangle at the intersection of Whittingham Terrace and Mountainview Road became a community volunteer project converting a barren space into a pollinator garden where signs informing the public about the necessity of providing native plants for pollinators can be found.
Creating the continuity needed to comprise a Pollinator Pathway are the private yards throughout Millburn where residents continue to incorporate native pollinator-friendly plants into their yards and eliminate the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Through ongoing outreach and with community support, the Millburn Township Green Team continues the work to grow and strengthen the Millburn Pollinator Pathway in order to provide our pollinators with the habitats they require to survive and thrive, thus creating a healthier environment for us all.
Welcome to Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod, a regional initiative to increase pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife across Cape Cod.
Our goal is to create corridors of native trees, shrubs, and flowers that birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects can rely on as they travel throughout Cape Cod. We are working to EDUCATE towns, businesses, organizations, and home gardeners on the importance of creating pollinator friendly landscapes, ENGAGE them in the project, and DEMONSTRATE the beauty of such gardens through highly visible demonstration gardens such as those pictured below.
This is a UVM Extension Master Gardener project at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington, VT. Master Gardener educator volunteers assist teachers with classroom lessons in seed starting, transplanting, and harvesting seeds and plants like sunflowers, carrots, and radishes.
The Town of Sharon, CT has joined the Pollinator Pathway, an initiative to create corridors of pesticide-free habitat and safe food sources for pollinating insects, birds, and other wildlife. As an initial step, the Sharon Energy and Environment Commission (SEEC) has linked with Sharon Audubon (home to a pollinator garden) and Sharon Land Trust to create pollinator friendly habitat in the town of Sharon, CT. We are now looking for private residents of the town who will committee to eschewing pesticides, controlling invasive plants which are dangerous to pollinators, and planting and conserving native plants that are favorable to pollinators in an effort to expand the Pollinator Pathway in our area. As more residential and (even commercial) properties join this effort, quality habitat is created, allowing pollinators to proliferate. Please befriend these creatures that make life on earth possible and beautiful by becoming a new member of the Sharon Pollinator Pathway.
Anne Arundel County
The mission of the Anne Arundel County (AACO) Pollinator Pathway, is to Impactfully elevate environmental stewardship of AACO citizens through engagement of households, communities, HOA's, coalitions, local and state government, and unique public-private partnerships.
The goal is to create sustainable landscapes throughout AACO that promote climate resilient projects, deliver actionable outcomes of reduced pollution and restored waterways, and bring nature back into our daily lives by focusing on actions people can take right outside their door.
Maintaining environmentally-sound gardens and yards by using sustainable gardening practices improves water quality, conserves natural resources for future generations, reduces maintenance, and saves you money. While individual efforts may seem small, they all add up to make a big difference in improving the health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay, our personal well-being, and the environment.
Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a drainage ditch, storm drain,
stream or river. These local waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay. The misuse of pesticides and fertilizers, lack of soil management, and poor plant selection can all contribute to the degradation of Maryland’s streams, rivers, and the Bay.
By embracing the change of a few simple landscape practices, together we can keep Maryland communities and pollinators healthy.
Honestly, my pathway is very much at the beginning. I wrote to the New York City Parks and Recreation for permission to plant in an empty sidewalk bed near my house, and I did over the summer but someone ripped the flowers out. I'm hoping to get something more started again, and it would be really great if I could get others involved in my area.
Collinsville Pollen Trail (Collinsville, CT) is a community planting effort to build an extended native plant garden along a stretch of the former Central New England (CNE) railroad line. Planting for pollinators, planting for biodiversity, planting for birds, bringing wildlife back and creating a welcoming space for residents and visitors is our mission.
The project began several years ago with an impressive invasive plant management effort, headed by Canton resident, Karen Berger, along with Cherry Brook Garden Club and the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program. In March 2019, Eversource's Vegetation Management team supervised the clearing of the trail of trees to ensure electrical service to the area would not be compromised. While it was an abrupt change to the landscape, it created a blank canvas and set the stage for our collective vision.
With cooperation and assistance from Eversource and Canton Department of Public Works, neighbors joined together to research and plan for the first phase of planting which was completed in Fall 2019 with 31 native shrubs. Cherry Brook Garden Club members, local residents and Allen Place property owners planted dozens of perennial bulbs, mulched beds and broadcast thousands of milkweed seeds along the slope leading to the woods.
The objective is to continue eradicating invasive plants and commit to only planting natives along Allen Place. We are planting for the future by successively filling in empty areas with native trees, pollinator-attracting shrubs and perennials, native sedges and grasses, bringing wildlife back to this unique section of trail treasured by many residents and visitors.
(photos by Wendy Rosenberg)