Peggy MacLeod explains the Northampton Pollinator Neighborhoods project started in 2020. To bring at-risk pollinators back to thriving populations, we must manage our own yards organically and with native plantings. Our plantings will connect parks and preserves, creating crucial corridors for wildlife.
More information about this project can be found at THIS LINK.
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Rethinking Our Yards as Pollinator Havens
Have you ever wanted to attract more butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to visit your flower garden?
This presentation by Peggy MacLeod of Western Mass Pollinator Networks explains the use of the principles of plant selection to increase the variety and numbers of pollinators in your yard.
Whats The Buzz? The people-plant-pollinator connection
Dr. Rob Gegear, UMASS-Dartmouth, Biology
Could we make our pollinator habitats more ecologically effective? Dr. Gegear gives us a much more accurate understanding about plant and pollinator interactions that will allow us to support threatened bees with their preferred plants and create better pollinator habitat.
Check out Rob’s research on bees (Beecology) and his smart phone app that are the basis of this important knowledge about how to help pollinators thrive.
Designing for Pollinators, Changing Climate and Biodiversity: Larri Cochran, Master Gardener
Climate change and other environmental crises are depleting the diversity of species in New England. What can we do to respond? Larri's talk focuses on what we can do locally to combat the effects of environmental stresses on our forests and gardens.
Turning Lawns into Meadows Owen Wormser, Abound Design
Meadows provide pollinator and wildlife habitats, and draw down and sequester more carbon than manicured lawns. Owen discusses how to transform lawns -- which wreak havoc on ecosystems -- into meadows.
Owen Wormser is very active locally in creating pollinator gardens. In 2020 he released his book Lawns Into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape. Enjoy our video of a talk he gave at our conference on Sustainable Landscapes in January 2019.