Without pollinators, we can’t feed ourselves. Bee, butterfly, and bird populations are in sharp decline because of pesticide use, loss of habitat, and climate change. The monarch butterfly population has declined to the point where just this summer it was re-classified as an endangered species.
Luckily, there is a solution. Every one of us can do something to help reverse this alarming trend and support our food web: we can join the Pollinator Pathway.
After several delays due to the pandemic, the Woodbridge Land Trust and the Garden Club of Woodbridge recently hosted a talk by Pollinator Pathway board member Mary Hogue. She explained the program, which involves creating pesticide-free corridors of native plants that provide nutrition and habitat for pollinators. The program has grown quickly: after only five years, it is in more than 300 towns in the United States and Canada! The Land Trust has added Woodbridge to the program, and is looking to sign up new members. You can join by doing these four simple things:
- Avoid pesticides;
- Plant native species;
- Provide a fresh water source;
- Rethink your lawn.
Many of you probably already have yards that qualify for the pathway – contact the Woodbridge Land Trust to register and add your property to the network. Please visit www.WoodbridgeLandTrust.org for more information, including the slides from Mary Hogue’s presentation.
- Members of the local 4H are also getting on the Pollinator Pathway! The group attended Mary Hogue’s presentation and displayed their award-winning Pollinator Pathway project.
- More than 50 residents came to hear Mary Hogue present the Pollinator Pathway. Many thanks to the JCC for hosting the talk.