How you can Protect Pollinators

There are countless ways that an individual can help the well being of a pollinator. Here are some simple, easy and fun ways you and your family can save them!

Planting Pollinator Friendly Plants: The pollinators especially like dill, fennel and milkweed because they’re rich in pollen and nectar. Click here for a full list of plants that pollinators particularly like.

Provide clean water: Like any living being, pollinators need water. Leaving a large bowl of water on your front porch will provide them air conditioning and successfully allow honey to dilute so baby bees can have an easier time eating it.

Make or Buy a Bee Hotel: Believe it or not, most bees in the US are solitary--so our bees typically don’t live in hives because females will lay their eggs in tunnels of decaying wood or sandy soil. Click here to buy one or here to learn how to make your own. 

DIY Pollinator friendly pesticides: using chemical-based commercial brand pesticides are terrible for our pollinators. Instead, use the following to naturally ward off pests. The Birds and Bees Protection Act will end the sale of neonics in NYS for five years. Click here to learn more about the Bill.

When You Can, Buy Organic: food that is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) means that it was grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizer, making it much better for our pollinators health. Buying organic food is especially eco-friendly (and cheap) when in season. Click here to see what foods are in season now near you. 

Buy Local Raw Honey: through buying local honey, you’re supporting the beekeepers who promote bee reproduction and keep their population up. Find your local beekeeper here

Support local land conservation: local land conservation groups, like the Nature Conservancy, make sure that green areas are protected in order for the plants and animals on it to be safe and thriving. If you’re a large landowner, conserve the land you own...our pollinators need it!

Raise your voice: spreading the word to your friends, family and peers is the perfect way to change your community. Start a petition and call your local town hall, letting them know that this is an issue that matters to you.