Pollinator Habitat

The Pollinator Stewardship Council recognizes the work of many groups to develop guidelines and tools for pollinator habitat.  The Pollinator Stewardship Council stresses habitat needs to be free of pesticides.  The half-life of some pesticides makes it difficult to turn all land quickly into pollinator habitat.  We encourage the developers of pollinator habitat to learn about the land’s previous use (crops, pesticide exposure, etc.), and to understand how to prepare land for pollinator habitat.  For example, spraying a systemic herbicide to kill the weeds/plants on the land may place a systemic chemical that could re-appear within the pollinator friendly plants (depending upon the half-life of the pesticide and the type of soil), and harm the pollinators.

 

Watch this yard being transformed into pollinator habitat


A yard becomes pollinator habitat

 

OPN pic for PSc website

 

Funding Programs to Assist with Creating Pollinator Habitat

How to plant pollinator-attractive flower seeds  https://bbbseed.com/wildflower-grass-tips/method-of-application/

You can find information about solarizing a lawn at   http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html

Pollinator Habitat Installation Guides from Xerces

http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/agriculture/pollinator-habitat-installation-guides/

 

Pollinator Habitat from Ernst Conservation Seeds

http://www.ernstseed.com/pollinator-habitat/

 

bbbSeed- planting for nectar and pollen

http://www.bbbseed.com/about-pollinators

 

 Ohio Prairie Nursery  http://www.ohioprairienursery.com/

 Native plants for pollinators www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com

A guide to growing a climate-friendly lawn and garden

http://spcpweb.org/attachments/Chicago_Grows_Green_Guide.pdf

 

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia- Pollinator Habitat Certification Program

http://www.eealliance.org/pollinator-habitat-certification-program

 

Natural Resources Conservation Service-Pollinator Conservation and Enhancement

https://plants.usda.gov/pollinators/NRCSdocuments.html

 

Quail and Pheasants Forever: Pollinator Habitat

 The Cost of Prairie Conservation Strips
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/sites/default/files/pubs-and-papers/2014-11-cost-prairie-conservation-strips.pdf

 

Gardeners beware     to read the report click here

Gardener’s Beware 2014 (follow-up to 2013 report listed above)
http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/72/9/4735/Gardeners-Beware-Report-2014.pdf

 Where to get neonic-free pollinator plants

Decrease you chemical usage courtesy of the Colorado State Beekeepers

http://coloradobeekeepers.org/education/help-the-honeybee/insecticides/

Mosquito Control- from the Pesticide Research Institute blog

http://www.pesticideresearch.com/site/?page_id=7230

Mapping Large-Area Landscape Suitability for Honey Bees to Assess the Influence of Land-Use Change on Sustainability of National Pollination Services
Alisa L. Gallant, Ned H. Euliss Jr, Zac Browning
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0099268

HoneybeeNet  maps for bee forage in U.S.

Ohio plants  http://ohioplants.org/

Attracting Pollinators for the Eastern US

Pollinator Friendly Plants for the Northeastern US

Flowers as food A Guide for Honey Bees http://www.avasflowers.net/flowers-as-food-a-guide-to-honey-bees

 

Learn more about beekeeping . . . become a beekeeper. Check out the information compiled by Mrs. Lowe’s class  http://www.fragrancex.com/fragrance-information/beekeeping-adults-kids.html

 

 

Goats Eat Weeds
http://goatseatweeds.com/
Do you have unwanted weeds? Are you unable or unwilling to apply herbicides or pesticides to manage them?

    Goats can be utilized as an effective bio-control agent to reduce weed populations to economically acceptable levels.
    Eliminate the use of harmful herbicides and pesticides.
    Goats eat poisonous plants like Hemlock, Poison Oak, Pampas Grass, blackberry bushes, blooming Yellow Star Thistle, and Mustard species.
    Renting goats are an eco-friendly fuel reduction benefit.
    Goats help prevent forest fires—or at best slow a fire down—by eating the dry stuff before the fire season strikes.
    Goats browse year-round and are an important part of grazing land management.
    Goats are browsers, whose diet consists of about 70 percent non-grassy species, so they do not to compete with cattle for grass.
    Goat grazing tends to make good cattle pastures and cattle grazing tends to make good goat pastures.
    Goats eat 25 percent of their body weight each day.
    Goat hooves till and aerate the soil and trample in their own fertilizer.

Free-Range Landscaping  

Santa Fe Uses Goats to Go Green