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The Maricopa Native Seed Library offers a pollinator habitat certification program specific for our region, developed by a local panel of experts.
Pollinators are in peril globally, being impacted by a range of factors including pesticides, habitat degradation and climate change. We rely on pollinators (mainly bees, but to a lesser extent butterflies/moths, beetles, flies, some birds and bats) to pollinate many of the crops we rely on for food, not to mention that pollinators are integral and critical parts of terrestrial ecosystems worldwide.
By creating pollinator habitat at home you can not only protect our pollinators but also reap the well-documented health benefits of spending time in nature.
We are calling all interested parties in Maricopa County and adjacent areas (including Pinal, Graham, Gila, Pima, La Paz, Yuma and Yavapai Counties as long as you are under 3,000 feet in elevation) to sign up for our free certification program. There are three levels to choose from depending on your time and resources. We plan to offer yard signage, workshops and other support to participants as we grow the project.
We have also helped develop pollinator habitat at the several locations, including the Scottsdale Community Garden Club, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and several schools of the Scottsdale Unified School District. Learn more on our Changex grant page!
How it works:
1. Choose the level of participation that is right for you (there are 3 choices-see below)
2. Build your habitat (or enhance as needed to qualify at your chosen level of participation)
3. Fill out the free online form based on the level of participation you choose
4. After we review your application, we will contact you (check your spam if you don't hear from us) and your habitat will be added to our Pollinator Pathway map.
Intended as an entry level foray into pollinator gardening, ideal for those that are:
Highest level, ideal for those that: