These are desperate times for pollinators.
Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and insects are disappearing at an alarming rate due to the use and spread of invasive plants, pesticides and loss of habitat. Losing pollinators, especially caterpillars and moths, has also caused steep declines in bird populations. This is a critical food source for nesting birds to feed their young each spring.
By the way, without pollinators, human life cannot exist.
The Pollinator Pathway began in Seattle, WA, with Sarah Bergmann as a grassroots effort to counteract this decline. Since bees have a range of about 750 feet, the goal is to connect properties no farther apart than that and to create continuous native plant waystations. The Pollinator Pathway was introduced in Wilton, CT in 2017. Since then more than 75 land trusts, municipalities, non-profit and community groups in and around and along the rails-to-trails greenway have created these native plant oasis.
Cheshire Land Trust will break ground on its Pollinator Pathway garden in Spring 2020.
Anyone can have a pollinator garden. You can, too!
Whether it’s one native plant or a large garden of native plants, you can join the movement. It doesn’t matter if your property is not located near the greenway. You can do your part to save pollinators. Just pledge not to use pesticides and buy a Pollinator Pathway medallion sign to show your support of pollinators to your neighbors and passersby.
Pollinator Pathway round medallion signs measure 5 ½ inches. You can adhere the sign to a large rock in your garden or onto a flat (paint) stick and place prominently in your garden. Visit our shop today!
For ideas on what native plants to choose for your yard, as well as where to buy and more, go to our blog.