Last night I hopped in my truck and headed 5 hours north to attend the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Short Course. Please read to the end of this post because I’m going to be giving away a copy of Attracting Native Pollinators by the Xerces Society. I’ll be getting a brand new copy during the Short Course, and since I already have a copy, I thought it would be nice to give one away
I’m so excited that the Short Course has finally been offered in a location that the distance to attend was (for the most part) manageable.
I was thinking as I drove along Route 95 North what an incredible difference we could make for pollinators just by better managing our country’s highway roadsides and medial strips. Instead of mile upon mile of mown grass, what if we planted these areas with more native pollinator plants?
Our native pollinators are in deep trouble, and mostly because of our actions. We’ve destroyed their habitat and nesting sites. We continue to spray toxic, poisonous, chemicals that are killing our butterflies and native bees (and may be poisoning us too). We continue to cut down native habitats so we can build yet another Walmart or Starbucks, and create acre after acre of parking lots in our constant quest for more development.
Your wildlife garden can play a crucial role in providing habitat and nesting sites, and to help provide for their needs. And to get you started, here’s some great tips for you by some of our amazing team members:
- Speaking up for the “Little Guys:” Pollinators, by Susan J Tweit
- Can Vegetable Gardens Be Wildlife Friendly? by Ellen Sousa
- Pollinators and Native vs Non-Native Plants, by Beatriz Moisset
- To Bee, Or Not to Bee, by Loret T. Setters
- Pollinator Conservation in Your Ecosystem Garden
Want to Win a Copy of Attracting Native Pollinators?
I’m going to give away my extra copy of Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.
All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me what you’re doing to help pollinators in your wildlife garden. What are your favorite pollinator plants? What’s your best tip to attract lots of native pollinators?
I’ll choose one person at random from all of the comments and announce the winner in this week’s Wren Song, which will be issued this Saturday, October 13. You need to live in the continental US or Canada because that is the scope of this book.
If you’ve already got a copy of this amazing book, please share this post with your friends so that they can learn to attract native pollinators too.
Update: Congratulations to Lauren Demby and Genevieve Schmidt who each won a copy of this wonderful book!
Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.
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