Happy National Pollinator Week! We hope you learned some surprising facts and fun tidbits about pollinators. The last blog post for National Pollinator Week is about how we can all help the pollinators that are so important for healthy ecosystems and for food production. In addition to the list below, please visit Pollinator Partnership for a comprehensive guide.
Plants to Help Pollinators
Some of the species discussed over the past week are generalists, but others are specialists. Pollinators native to your area may need certain types of wildflowers, which have a certain scent, shape, or season. Check out ESLT’s recommended list of pollinator plants for the Eastern Sierra or use the Forest Service’s list of which types of flowers different types of pollinators prefer. Remember, some pollinators are diurnal, while others are nocturnal!
Reducing Pesticides to Help Pollinators
Pesticides, especially insecticides, can have terrible consequences for pollinator populations. There are alternatives to pesticides and you can reduce harm by applying pesticides at the right time in the right place. Pollinator.org has a great pesticide learning center that you can visit for more information.
Certifying Your Pollinator Garden
Check out ESLT’s Eastside Pollinator Garden Project to certify your garden! By joining the program, you may be eligible for $125 worth of native plants.