U.S. – Pollinators
In conjunction with the Pollinator Partnership, we have launched a campaign to encourage faith groups to get involved in planting native gardens. We know you are busy but this is an important issue. Minimal effort can bring about much needed awareness and protection of pollinator species. We hope you can help!
Birds, bats, beetles, butterflies and bee species, wildlife essential for fruit and vegetable production, have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive weeds, diseases and parasites. In fact, the U.S. has lost more than 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years.
You and your congregation can help pollinator species and contribute to a healthy and sustainable future for generations of wildlife and people. Why not plant a lovely garden? We’ve outlined some simple steps and are here to help you through the process. And, to help you launch your effort, we even have some “seed money” available.
1. Find a patch of lawn on your congregation’s property that can be converted to a place for bees to buzz, butterflies to perch, humming birds to flit, and caterpillars to munch. This space does not need to be large. It should have accessible water and some direct sunlight.
2. Visit www.pollinator.org/guides.htm. Enter your zipcode to find a planting guide for your location. Page 16 lists suitable plants for your area – print this and take it to your local nursery.
3. Convert your patch to a garden with native plants. The Pollinator Partnership website has hints on planting, mulching, watering, wedding, and care. Involve your youth group or other volunteers in maintenance. Consider starting a pollinator or garden club.
4. Watch for nests, chrysalises, hives, blooming flowers, visiting birds, and brilliant dancing butterflies. Encourage your congregation to be thankful for the food provided by pollinators.
TTF co-created with the Pollinator Partnership four faith-based pollinator brochures. These are intended to encourage your congregation to participate in pollinator activities. You can download them here…but we are also happy to send one (or more) to you:
E-mail with questions, suggestions, needs, comments and pictures of your garden. Happy planting!
Claire Sands Baker
Co-Chair of the Pollinator Partnership Faith Outreach Task Force
Community Outreach for The Tributary Fund