Lyme Pollinator Pathway
Our bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators are in trouble because of a loss of native plants and large gaps between the native habitat that sustains them. This is particularly alarming because insects and other animals pollinate 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including 35 percent of food crops. We wish to encourage as many people as possible to help by planting patches, big or small, of native vegetation that is pollinator-friendly. If we can grow enough patches, they will connect like stepping stones to create a pollinator pathway of nutrition and protection. Even the smallest patch can create a sense of satisfaction for your participation in this vital community project. Read articles on fostering pollinators and the pathway in the Lyme land Trust Spring 2021 Newsletter.
Lyme Pollinator Pathway aims to help Lyme residents and friends establish and connect pollinator-friendly habitats that provide food sources for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Lyme Pollinator Pathway (LPP), established February 4, 2021, run by a volunteer committee, is an initiative of the Lyme SustainableCT Committee, which is appointed by the Lyme Board of Selectmen. We thank the Lyme Land Trust, an active member organization of the group, for hosting this webpage.
Join the Effort and Help Save our Pollinators!
Contact us! Email LymePollinator@gmail.com to be put on the Lyme Pollinator Pathways email list. No need to have a garden to join us. We will notify you about educational events and upcoming volunteer opportunities. And we will respond to specific questions.
Here are a few things you can do to be more pollinator-friendly:
- Grow native pollinator-friendly plants and welcome the native creatures that live on them. Add native plants to your ornamental garden. Even just one large container planting will help. Growing native flowers, trees, and shrubs benefit pollinators who depend upon specific host plants for survival. Some common beneficial native plants are milkweed, coneflowers, butterfly weed, clover, violets, redbud trees, flowering dogwood, oak trees, and poison ivy. Native Plant lists.
- Leave native plants to “winter over”. The seeds and berries feed birds. Drying and then rotting leaves and stems shelter eggs and larva of butterflies and other insects through the winter. Allow larva time to hatch in the spring before disturbing the beds.
- Avoid the use of pesticides, herbicides, and rodenticides. Don’t kill native caterpillars and larva. No caterpillars = no butterflies. No insects = no insect-eating birds. Accept holey leaves and petals. Rodenticides cause unintended consequences by killing the birds and other animals that prey on the rodents that are poisoned. Learn about alternative pest control.
- Rethink your lawn. Reduce the size of your lawn, and mow it less often. Let your yard go native and grow wild. Learn to identify and love “weeds” that are food for pollinators.
- Learn to identify and control invasive plants. Invasive plants crowd out native plants. They do not provide good nutrition and pollinators that eat them may not have enough energy to survive the long journey for migration.
- Get your soil tested to know what plants will thrive.
- Provide a source of drinking water.
You may be wondering:
Is my garden located along the Pollinator Pathway in Lyme? The entire town of Lyme is part of the pathway, so if your patch qualifies as pollinator-friendly, you can sign up.
How do you know if your patch qualifies as pollinator-friendly? Check out the great information on the Pollinator Pathway Northeast website.
How do I register my Pollinator Pathway Patch? Register your Pollinator Patch and join the Lyme Pollinator Pathway by visiting Pollinator Pathway Northeast.
Lyme Pollinator Pathway Committee
Sue Cope – Co-Chair – Master Gardeners program Liaison
Wendolyn Hill – Co-Chair –Town of Lyme and Lyme Land Trust Liaison
Tink Willauer – Outreach–Land-owner Liaison
Diana Fiske – Event coordinator, Email monitor–Lyme Public Library, Friends of Whalebone Cove Liaison
Sue Hessel – Gardener advice–Lyme Garden Club Liaison
Lyme School Liaison: Tanya Raisz