What is the Pollinator Pathway®?

A design challenge to the planet. A story of nature in our time. An ecological accord. The Pollinator Pathway is a visionary plan designed by Sarah Bergmann in partnership with scientists, designers and urban planners.

A Design Challenge to the Planet

NASA view of city lights

Many people ask if The Pollinator Pathway is here to save the charismatic honeybee. But that’s not the question we ask. It isn’t just that the honeybee isn’t exactly the problem; the Pollinator Pathway isn’t about saving anything–it is about designing a different future altogether; one where we no longer need to save anything at all.

We challenge big players at city, agency, and institutional scales to build Pollinator Pathways to connect existing green spaces across the globe. To do this, we arm our partners with a blueprint knowledge, timelines, guides, and ecological plans to create Pollinator Pathways that will last, supporting networks of native pollinators–one of the most profound agents of our Earth’s ecosystem.


A Story of Nature in our Time

Our relationship with nature has changed. Nature is no longer “over there”–it is us. The Pollinator Pathway encourages a way of thinking across networks. It works to rebind fragmented landscapes by creating thoughtful, planned connections between green spaces. Additionally, by looking at our cities as drivers of ecologies, rather than at the ecology in cities, we enhance our understanding of the relationship between farms, urban environments, and wilderness–and our role within it.

The story is being recorded to share. Read more about The New Audubon Book. By participating in the project, you also become part of this larger vision.

“An Ecological Accord…for Humans”

Joining the ecological accord is a promise to think, plan, and build to minimums of ecological integrity. The accord reminds humans of their role in The Anthropocene and encourages us to use our ecological power to design for the planet, not just for humans. By providing a recipe and requirements for connecting landscape that matches the ecological needs of a place, we are developing a blueprint for lasting ecological infrastructure.

Why is this an important undertaking