Westchester Pollinators Pathways

Populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, are declining around the world. The chief causes for the decline of pollinator are habitat loss and the use of pesticides and herbicides. How can we help pollinators? By offering them toxin-free, natural spaces with vegetation and flowering plants in which to live and forage. If we connect our pollinator friendly yards, we can construct pathways. Pathways create safe territory for our pollinators, and other wildlife, to survive.

In 2018, Norwalk, Wilton and Ridgefield together with H2H set up the first Pollinator Pathways in Connecticut. Westchester is following their lead, and today we have 16 municipalities, and many individuals and organizations  joining the Pollinator Pathways in Westchester. There are no rules for participation. Large nature preserves, regular backyards and even balconies and flowerpots, can help support pollinators, and be a piece of the Pollinator Pathways Project. We encourage everyone to work together and share experience, materials and tools. Many towns associate with H2H and the Westchester Land Trust. These organizations can help your municipality to create an actual map with consideration of exciting protected areas.

More information on the Pollinator pathways

To connect with H2H for the creation of Pollinator Pathway(s) on a geographical map , please contact Kristen O’Hara: kristen@westchesterlandtrust.org

To receive updates with ‘pollinator’ events and meetings in Westchester, send an email to: info@healthyyards.org

To connect on a daily basis and share questions about plants, gardens and events, join our Facebook group Westchester Pollinators >

To learn more about the Pathways, the Pollinators and what to plant visit: www.pollinator-pathway.org

To find  Printable resources and flyers to use click here >

To find materials to use when discussing Pollinator friendly practices with your town government click here >

To find other helpful websites and organizations click here > 

Towns with pollinator programs and contact persons

Ardsley: nkaboolian@ardsleyvillage.com Bedford: fmitchell2002@gmail.com, Croton: guypardee20@gmail.com , Hastings: kerry-jane.king@nypa.gov Irvington: chetkerr@gmail.com, Lewisboro: kristamunger@gmail.com, New Castle: valzapiedi@aol.com, North Salem:  pam@pampooley.com, Mamaroneck: k347m@aol.com, Mount Kisco: johnrhodes786@gmail.com, Mount Pleasant: sentastich@verizon.net, Pound Ridge: elgrogan@gmail.com, Rye:  amykesavan@gmail.com, Sleepy Hollow: jessfox12@me.com, Somers: dschirmer@somersny.com, White Plains: nancygiges@outlook.com, Yonkers: andreagood@optonline.net, Yorktown Heights: annperkowski@optonline.net

Organizations in Westchester supporting pollinator programs

Bedford2020Bedford Audubon, Bedford Conservation Board, Bedford Garden Club, City of Rye Conservation Commission/Advisory Council, Croton Climate Initiative, Cornell Cooperative Extension Westchester, Fremont Pond Committee Sleepy Hollow, Greater Irvington Land Trust, Healthy Yards, Hopp Ground Garden Club, Hudson to HousatonicHudson Valley Natural Beekeepers, Larchmont Environmental Committee, Lewisboro Land Trust, Mamaroneck Town Sustainability Collaborative, Mianus River Gorge, Mount Kisco Conservation Advisory Council, Morgenthau Preserve,  Native Plant Center, New Castle Conservation Board, Nature of WestchesterNew Castle Healthy YardsNorth Salem Open Land FoundationPleasantville Garden ClubPollinators-PathwaysPound Ridge Land Conservancy, Pound Ridge Conservation Board, Pound Ridge Garden ClubPound Ridge Invasives Project, Rusticus Garden Club, Rye Sustainability- Healthy Yards, Somers Land Trust , The Greater Irvington Land Trust, Westchester Land Trust, White Plains Beautification Foundation