Can I start one on my own?
Let’s ask you a question first. Can you achieve long-lasting maintenance plans (20 years minimum, ideally 200 years)? If you can, let’s talk. To call anything a Pollinator Pathway, you will need to apply and have us review or consult with you on your project. We are currently working on tools to make this process much easier. But know that we work hard to ensure all partners can meet strong ecological and design standards, are fully funded or have a strategy in place for funding, and have well-developed long term maintenance plans.
I can’t make a Pollinator Pathway, but I’d like to help. What plants should I plant in my garden to help pollinators?
Overall, we recommend two things: simply plant plants that are native to your region, and choose not to use pesticides. Check out the USDA Plant Database, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, or consult with your state’s Native Plant Society for resources.
We want to plant a garden. Is it a Pollinator Pathway?
Wouldn’t that make it so easy? But no, unfortunately not. Please try to protect the name “Pollinator Pathway” by calling your garden — your wonderful garden. The Pollinator Pathway is a systems-based project whose number one definition is that it connects two or more green spaces. The designation and title of “Pollinator Pathway” has a specific basis in ecology, and using the name without abiding by the project’s intent undermines what the project is trying to achieve.
Lower case or upper case on Pollinator Pathway?
Is it a farming program?
Nope. The Pollinator Pathway is a design project that combines native plant standards with civic design, ownership buy-in, connectivity, and planning. A similar kind of project is an ‘ecological corridor,’ but there are key differences.
Is this project about saving honeybees?
The Pollinator Pathway fundamentally does not save anything. The use of the honeybee as pollinators is a symptom of simplification and fragmentation of landscape and our reliance on monocultural systems. While we love honeybees, we do not support them as a pollinator, and this is not a ‘honeybee project’.
Is this eco art, or an art installation?
Neither. But we understand why it’s confusing–we don’t fit perfectly into a lot of disciplinary boxes. In fact, The Pollinator Pathway crosses multiple disciplinary categories–and responds to questions about nature in our time in multiple fields, with many tools. Please see the ‘How it Started’ page for a better understanding of the background of the project.
Can you help us design our project for free?
We don’t have that kind of funding to offer free design consulting…yet.