A new era of development, with pollinators at the center.
From large agricultural crops to local vegetable gardens, pollinators are vital to the human production of food sources and the reproduction of native plants. However, pollinators are in crisis. Over the past few decades, there has been significant global loss in pollinators, including honey bees, native bees and butterflies, due to habitat destruction, chemical pollution, parasites and pathogens.
In response to these challenges, Butterfly Pavilion is lending its unique expertise to create Pollinator Districts, or communities committed to conserving and improving habitat for pollinators in all aspects of development and operation. Pollinator Districts engage all of the people that live, work and play in these spaces, encouraging them to experience nature and build a greater appreciation for these critical species and their habitats.
Goals of Pollinator Districts
- Increase and enhance habitat for pollinators within the district and throughout surrounding neighborhoods.
- Serve as an attractive model for sustainable living and connection with nature for communities regionally, nationally and globally.
How We Build Pollinator Districts
- Research – Establishing a baseline of pollinator diversity and understanding challenges in the area of interest.
- Habitat restoration – Restoring open spaces with native shrubs and wildflowers to provide nutrition for pollinators.
- Habitat gardening – Building gardens that more closely resemble natural habitat, including a variety of native flowering plants and shrubs, open ground and a passive water source.
- Beekeeping – Providing aspiring beekeepers in the community with training on how to keep bees through sustainable techniques.
- Public education and engagement – Educating diverse audiences on pollinator conservation topics through volunteer opportunities, workshops, classes, public events and more.
- Sustainability – Prioritizing sustainable design, construction and maintenance practices that conserve water and soil and preserve native plant communities whenever possible.