On February 20, we talked about the importance of protecting pollinators and a few ways you can help in this effort. Creating a pollinator garden is one way to provide habitat and food for pollinators, while you get to enjoy beautiful flowers in your yard! Win-win! Want to get started? Here are a few free publications to help you plan your very own pollinator garden!

Free Pollinator Friendly Planting Guides are available from the Pollinator Partnership, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. These guides were funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the C.S. Fund, the Plant Conservation Alliance, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management with oversight by the Pollinator Partnership, in support of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Wow…that’s a lot of partners coming together to further protection of pollinators! Simply type in your zip code to link to the ecoregional planting guide tailored specifically to your area. Check out the charts that list which native plants grow best in your area so that you can attract more pollinators to your garden. You can also download (for free) the BeeSmart App to access the Ecoregional Guides on your smartphone. Here are a few screenshots from my iPhone:

bee smart app

You can also download a U.S. Forest Service free publication “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants”. This beautifully illustrated document is an easy read for learning about various types of pollinators and general guidelines for enhancing gardens for pollinators.

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Whether you attract bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, beetles, flies, wasps, or bats — by providing food, shelter and water for pollinators, and by using pollinator-friendly landscape practices, you can make a difference to both the pollinators and the people that rely on them! ~ Katie

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