Join the Pollinator Pathway!

You could make a big difference in your own backyard by joining Northeastern Pollinator Pathway, a regional project to create public and private pesticide-free corridors of native plants that provide nutrition and habitat for pollinating insects and birds. Barrington has many members already. Join us and discover how you can create friendly habitats for birds, bees and butterflies!

Check out Barrington’s latest Pollinator Pathways Newsletter.

Visit Northeastern Pollinator Pathway to learn how you can get your property on the map, and explore Barrington’s page on the site.

Here’s a snapshot of Pollinator Pathway locations in Barrington. Check out the interactive map, where you can get all the latest updates of new Pollinator Pathway locations.

Email Barrington’s Pollinator Pathways Team to learn more about Barrington’s local efforts to participate in the Pollinator Pathway.

Why do Pollinators Matter?

Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of pesticide use and loss of habitat. Bee populations, both native and honey bees, have reduced in numbers.

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 has a dramatic impact on the backyard birds we treasure. The Cornell School of Ornithology reports that the North American bird population has dropped by nearly 3 billion birds since 1970, “a staggering loss that suggests that the very fabric of the ecosystem is unravelling.”

Land conservation plays a critical role in preserving these vital habitats, but we can do more. If we begin to manage our own yards organically with native plantings, we can be part of the solution. Just imagine — your yard could help to connect parks and preserves, creating crucial corridors for wildlife.

Here are a few important steps you can take to get started.

  • Eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides
  • Include native plants on your property and manage invasive species
  • Rethink your lawn (watch the video)

Looking for friends who are on the path toward creating pollinator pathways? Email the Barrington Pollinator Pathways team for more information.