White Plains Beautification Foundation (wpbf.org) is gearing up to support and promote Pollinator Pathways in our 65+ public gardens and in our own backyards in the county seat of Westchester County, NY. We plan to reach out to local organizations, businesses, homeowners and residents to help us reverse the looming environmental threat faced by the loss of pollinators. Ultimately, corridors of pesticide-free native plants will attract pollinators-the bees, butterflies, birds, bats and more-and guide them from property to property in the City of White Plains through a healthful environment and then from town to town across our region from the Hudson to the Housatonic.
Our mission: To educate White Plains' residents, the business community and other organizations about healthy yards and pollinator habitats and to encourage all to participate.
Photo: Jim Christensen
Pollinators of White Plains
We are looking for volunteers and chairpersons to help get us up and running. Here are some committee tasks :
- Become an ambassador in your neighborhood to share information about gardening practices that are pollinator friendly.
- Identify topics of most interest to residents for a speakers series.
- Help with grant procurement.
- Chair a kickoff committee to design an event that will really get attention.
- Your idea here.
Just email us at: "pollinatorsWP@gmail.com".
We need Pollinators of White Plains Ambassadors in the City of White Plains to help us move forward. Our hope is to create a core of committed individuals willing to devote their time, expertise and resources to develop a program that will educate our community and design and support pathways. An extensive knowledge of native plants or pesticide-free gardening is not a requirement. There are many varied tasks that need to be done, and we will match the project to your interests. School programs, native garden identification and social media coverage are just a few of the volunteer needs. Contact us at "pollinatorsWP@gmail.com".
Collaborators welcome too - interested non-profits, businesses, schools, other institutions and organizations.
Thanks to the Norwalk River Watershed Assn., Terry Hanson, and Nancy Giges for additional photos.