Creating a Pollinator Pathway

Creating a Pollinator Pathway

Connecticut Magazine writes about the pioneers among us (including Mary Ellen Lemay our Landowner Engagement Director). Learn about the impact the Pollinator Pathways are having in our local area in the August 20th article written by Theresa Sullivan Barger. The pathways have extended from Fairfield County to New Haven and Hartford counties and Westchester and Putnam counties in New York.

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Plant for the Climate

Plant for the Climate

UN CLIMATE REPORT states “HOW WE USE OUR LAND” is having a huge impact on climate change and sustainable food availability. The problem seems to be “too big to fix” but the reality is humans have created this problem and accelerated it only in the last half century. We CAN turn this around starting this weekend, starting on our own land! Positive change BEGINS IN OUR OWN YARDS, especially with the way we treat OUR OWN LAND.


What can WE do to heal the land, change our own land us practices by:


1. Planting Native Plants, Shrubs and Trees

2. Rethinking our Lawns.

3. Avoiding Pesticides and Herbicides

The Aspetuck Green Corridor is an interconnected landscape of backyards and open space to safeguard wildlife, land, and water resources for FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Make YOUR LAND a Stepping Stone on the Green Corridor. Heal the land, heal the web of life by taking these 3 action steps

Plant for the Babies!!!

Plant for the Babies!!!

It is Spring nesting season! Look closely, the Song Sparrow in the is delivering 3 different varieties of caterpillars to feed its lucky babies!

Only native plants provide the caterpillars needed by 96% of bird species to feed their young.

Chickadee babies, for example, need between 6-9,000 caterpillars before they take flight.  Please plant native trees and shrubs that provide food for the babies.

 The top native trees and shrubs that are hosts to caterpillars are HERE.
Only 5% of the plants make up 75% of the food sources, so make sure you have some of these in your backyard.

Many of our more manicured and pesticide laden yards are virtual deserts to our native wildlife and pollinators.  The food web becomes broken and life can’t survive. 

Read this article about Feeding the Babies and keep November 7 on your calendar for the Aspetuck Land Trust Haskins Lecture by Dr. Doug Tallamy.

Remember, what you do in your backyard has a big impact; 1. Don’t use pesticides, 2. rethink your lawn, and 3. plant native plants.

 

Plant for the Queens

Plant for the Queens

Underneath the frozen ground all winter slept the Queen Bumble Bee one of our most important native pollinators. 


As with all hibernating creatures, these little fuzz balls emerge in the spring with a ravaging hunger that can only be satisfied by our most beautiful early flowering shrubs.

Rhododendron, Dogwood, American Pussy Willow, Lowbush Blueberry, Black Cherry, American Holly, Winterberry, to name a few, are all early season flowering plants that provide pollen for our important pollinators.  Our partner Joe Gloria at Gilberties Nursery in Westport created this beautiful early pollinator planter, just bursting with flowering shrubs and perennials. 

April is a great time to start adding native plants to your garden. Once the Queens Bees are fed, they can begin to nest and produce the worker bees that will emerge for your summer garden flowering natives.  Feed them with native plants, don’t poison them (or your family) with pesticides!

You can find information on all season flowering native plants for pollinators by following this link to
Native Pollinators.

Remember your yard is a stepping stone on the Green Corridor, more native plants, no pesticides, and an organic lawn will make your home a favorite stop on the Corridor.