A pollinator pathway is an ecological and social project with the goal to connect existing isolated green spaces and create a more hospitable environment for pollinators. The first pollinator pathway was created in Seattle, founded by the artist and designer Sarah Bergmann. Today, the Pollinator Pathways, Pollinator Parkways, Bee Cities and other similar pollinator programs, have become a successful way of introducing homeowners to the conservation potential of their backyards. The pathways can be initiated by towns, communities and organizations. If you are interested in inviting pollinators to your yard or to your municipality, or if you are interested in initiating a pollinator pathway we advise you to connect with one of the following organizations:
Populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, are declining around the world. The losses are close to 80-90 percent. This is very concerning. Without pollinators we will have very little fruit and vegetables to harvest. Without pollinators we lose songbirds and other wildlife that depend on pollinators as their food source. Pollinators require natural spaces with vegetation and flowering plants in which to live and forage for their food; not just pollen and nectar. Caterpillars die if their food, often specific native plants, is not available. The chief causes for the decline of pollinator are habitat loss, caused by agriculture and human development, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. Luckily, even small isolated patches with the right plants, can help increasing the number of pollinators. If we can connect these patches the results are even better. Good reasons to get involved in Pollinator Pathways!