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.