Will You Join the Barrington Pollinator Pathway?
Our official Barrington Pollinator Pathway effort will launch this spring with a virtual kick-off event on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 12:00-1:00. Register for the kick-off event by clicking on the Zoom link here.
Be sure to check back here for announcements of other upcoming events and to learn more about all the ways you can help. You can also find information on the BLCT Land Trust Facebook page.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. Stay tuned for info on our native plant sale in mid-May!
Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of pesticide use and loss of habitat. Bee populations, both native and honey bees, have seen sharp declines. Monarch butterflies have declined by 94.6% in the last 20 years, according to the US Wildlife Federation. A recent German study shows a 75% decline in all flying insects in the last 25 years. This loss of insects also has a dramatic impact on those backyard birds we all love so much. In fact, the Cornell School of Ornithology recently released a report indicating that since 1970 the North American bird population is down by nearly 3 billion birds, “a staggering loss that suggests that the very fabric of the ecosystem is unravelling”. The threat to pollinators is a very real threat to all of us! And that’s where you come in.
Despite conservation efforts, our landscape has been chopped up, or fragmented, through suburban-ization. The problem is, we can no longer support sustainable populations of wildlife in isolated preserves like those maintained by BLCT alone. As Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware entomologist, argues so eloquently in his book Bringing Nature Home there is, luckily, a solution. If we begin to manage our own yards organically and with native plantings, we can use them to connect parks and preserves, creating crucial corridors for wildlife. That is the idea behind the Northeastern Pollinator Pathway, and why we need you to join our Barrington effort today!
Ready to Join the Pathway? To Get Started:
- Eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides
- Include native plants on your property and manage invasive species
- Rethink your lawn
- Help spread the word!
Several BLCT properties and some of your own neighbors have already joined the Pollinator Pathway. Visit www.pollinator-pathway.org to learn much more and to get your property on the map!