7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators

1. PLANT FOR POLLINATORS

  • Habitat opportunities abound on every landscape – from window boxes to acres of farms to corporate campuses to utility and roadside corridors – every site can be habitat.
  • Utilize plants native to your area (or at the least, non-invasive for your area).
  • Utilize the Ecoregional Planting Guides and the Garden Recipe Cards to create or enhance your pollinator garden. Decide among the plant material options - seeds, plugs, plants or a combination.
  • Know your soil type and select appropriate plant material.
  • Plant in clusters to create a "target' for pollinators to find.
  • Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.
  • Select a site that is removed from wind, has at least partial sun, and can provide water.
  • Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.

2. REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE IMPACT OF PESTICIDES.

  • Check out the Pesticides Learning Center on the Pollinator Partnership website to learn more about the interactions between pollinators and pesticides!
  • Where possible, avoid pest problems in the first place by burying infested plant residues, removing pest habitat, and planting native plants that encourage natural enemies of pests.
  • Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • If you are a farmer or pesticide applicator, check out our Pesticide Education Module.
  • If you must use pesticides, read and follow ALL label directions carefully.

3. REGISTER AS A BEE FRIENDLY FARMING GARDEN

  • Register your home or community garden with Bee Friendly Farming Garden to showcase your commitment to pollinator health!

  • Along with your registration, you can opt to receive your very own BFF Garden sign, to encourage others to do the same.

  • Your registered garden will appear on the Bee Friendly Farming map, along with any photos you choose to submit.

  • Apply here!

  • If you are a farmer, rancher, or apiarist there are other options for you. Check out the Bee Friendly Farming page to learn more.

4. REACH OUT TO OTHERS – INFORM AND INSPIRE

  • Utilize all the materials available to help you tell the story of pollinators.
  • Especially during National Pollinator Week (June 21-27, 2021).
  • Tell local and state government officials that you care about pollinator health.

5. SUPPORT LOCAL BEES AND BEEKEEPERS.

  • Buying local honey supports the beekeepers in your area.
  • If you're concerned about the number of chemicals use in agriculture, buy organic.
  • If you're concerned about contributions to global carbon emissions, buy local.

6. CONSERVE ALL OF OUR RESOURCES; USE LESS AND REDUCE YOUR IMPACT.

  • Pollinators are dramatically affected by extremes in weather.
  • Climate change puts pressure on native ranges and overwintering sites.

7. SUPPORT THE WORK OF GROUPS PROMOTING SCIENCE BASED, PRACTICAL EFFORTS FOR POLLINATORS.

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