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Maricopa Native Seed Library: Contributing Level

Contributing Level

 The contributing level is intended as a entry level foray into pollinator gardening and would be ideal for those that are: 

  • new to the area
  • new to gardening or pollinator gardening
  • have a smaller space (even a patio will work!) 
  • less time and resources to devote to pollinator gardening.

Participants can stay at this level indefinitely, or if desired, can move up to the core or comprehensive level over time. Read our FAQ to learn more about the habitat guidelines and how to implement them,  and watch for much more in the way of educational materials to be added.


Physical factors in your habitat (abiotic conditions)

Provides at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day

Only disturb soil if you are planting

Gardening practices you engage in (cultural practices)

Use non pesticide means for controlling the pests in your garden

Be accepting of plant damage by the target pollinators (caterpillars become butterflies and moths)

Remove invasive species in your landscape

Plantings (what plants are represented in your habitat)

Have continuous availability of pollen/nectar within your immediate surroundings, whenever possible utilizing plants from the plant list (at least 1 species blooming per season)

Have at least 1 desert/rush milkweed (Asclepias subulata) to support Monarch butterflies (and Queens) in their larval stage

Apply for this level (links to online form) It will be handy to have the FAQ and plant list when applying.  

Learn how to setup your habitat by watching this recorded workshop



Expert panel

These pollinator habitat guidelines were developed by the following expert panel:


Natalie Case, Education Programs Developer, Center for Native and Urban Wildlife, Scottsdale Community College

Jennifer Foltz-Sweat, Biology Faculty, Gateway Community College

Adriane Grimaldi, Director of Education, Butterfly Wonderland: A rainforest experience 

Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Carrie Lipka, Lab Supervisor, Mesa Community College

Meridith Masoner, Facebook site administrator, Pollinator Gardening in the Southwest

Angela McIntire, Statewide Bat Specialist, Arizona Fish and Game Department

Pam McMillie, Vice President, Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society

Gail Morris, Coordinator, Southwest Monarch Study

Lisa Rivera, President, Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society

George Roark, Author of

Ron Rutowski, President, Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Cathy Wise, Community Science Manager, Audubon Southwest