NLC News: Planting for Pollinators on Nantucket Garden Guide

The Nantucket Land Council invites you to join us in supporting the island environment by Planting for Pollinators on Nantucket! Pollinators are critical components to a healthy ecosystem. By selecting the right plants, following a few guidelines, and staying pesticide free, you can create important pollinator habitat in just a small area. Consider re-purposing some lawn or converting an existing garden bed. The plants suggested through our program will require less water and less fertilizer than most, leading to improved water quality and overall sustainability. When you ditch the chemicals and work with nature, you support greater biodiversity and ecosystem health from the soil to the sky. Help spread the word! We can build a network of pollinator habitat, and beautiful natural spaces across Nantucket from our own backyards. Happy Planting!

REGISTER FOR NLC’S PLANTING FOR POLLINATOR PROGRAM

When you register for this program you will receive our do-it-yourself guide to creating a small, medium or large pollinator friendly garden. We have worked with Surfing Hydrangea Nursery to ensure that our recommended species will be available for you this summer.

As part of the program you will receive monthly emails with updates and tips to help guide you through the season. Register HERE.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Landscaping with Native Plants on Nantucket

https://www.nantucketlandcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/Biodiversity-Broch-Pages-In-order.pdf

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

www.xerces.org

Surfing Hydrangea Nursery

www.surfinghydrangea.com

Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States

https://xerces.org/publications/identification-and-monitoring-guides/bumble-bees-of-eastern-united-states

 

COMMUNITY SCIENCE AND MONITORING PROGRAMS

Bumble Bee Watch:

https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/
Tracking and conserving bumble bees throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Journey North: This website provides information on tagging and monitoring monarch butterflies as they migrate in the eastern U.S.

https://journeynorth.org/monarchs

North American Butterfly Monitoring Network: A network of volunteer-based monitoring programs throughout North America that collect butterfly abundance and distribution data.

https://www.thebutterflynetwork.org/