WILTON POLLINATOR PATHWAY
In collaboration with the Norwalk River Watershed Association , and the Wilton Conservation Land Trust, WGC member and conservation committee member, Jackie Algon, spearheaded the creation of the Wilton Pollinator Pathway in 2017 along the Norwalk River Valley Trail.
What is a Pollinator Pathway?
- a pesticide-free corridor of public and/or private property that provides a native plant habitat for pollinators
What are pollinators?
- insects, birds or other animals that move pollen from one plant to another
- pollinators enable the cross fertilization of plants promoting the reproduction and growth of new plants
- more than 30% of our food grows as a result of the work pollinators do
What is threatening our pollinators?
- widespread application of pesticides and other chemicals on lawns and landscaped plantings as well as in agricultural settings
- climate changes that lead to lack of larval host plants
- loss of food and shelter sources as natural environments become increasingly fragmented because of urbanization and suburbanization
How to Join?
- include native plants on your property
- avoid using pesticides and herbicides
- consider leaving some bare ground for nesting native bees and leaving some autumn leaves for overwintering eggs and pupae of pollinating insects
- help spread the word by ordering a 6″ sign showing your yard is on the Pollinator Pathway-–here’s how