Urban Pollinator Pathways
Urbanization by humans has fragmented our land so much that it is no longer
able to support healthy populations of wildlife, as Dr. Doug Tallamy, entomologist
at the U. of Delaware, argues in his book Bringing Nature Home.
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Seattle's 1-mile long by 12 feet wide Pollinator Pathway rebinds fragmented landscapes by making connections between green spaces. The habitat connectivity project involves many volunteers and professionals in designing, planting, and maintaining each area. All new projects use a high percentage of native plants, are hardy/drought tolerant, meet pollinator requirements, and are pesticide free. Their website is extensive and offers resources.
Great Barrington, MA
Great Barrington's town-wide project is is framed around their Pollinator Action Plan, completed in 2018 by graduate students from the Conway School of Landscape Design. Volunteers and town departments are planning to create connecting corridors along roadsides, in town parks, in meadows, in back yards, along streetscapes, on forest edges, and in rain gardens.
Led by pro-bono landscape designers, dozens of volunteers are working with City departments to create anchor plantings aligned in a pollinator pathway throughout the City, starting with Pulaski Park, the large steep slope beside City Hall, and the Senior Center. Educational signage will be installed to build public awareness of how we can reverse pollinator decline.
Greening Greenfield’s Planting for Pollinators! campaign is energizing volunteers to beautify and expand pollinator corridors.
Projects include Greenfield’s Energy Park, the John Zon Community Center pollinator garden, YMCA front garden, and many residents' backyards!
Since this Pollinator Pathway began in 2017 in Wilton, over 70 towns are creating gardens and pathways. Volunteers from town conservation organizations (listed on each town's page) are working together to establish pollinator-friendly habitat and foraging along a series of continuous corridors. Towns share information and resources, coordinated by a steering committee. Inspiring!