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The Maricopa Native Seed Library is excited to announce that we are launching a pollinator habitat certification program specific for our region. This is a natural outgrowth of our mission to increase habitat at home. Please read on!
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 will soon be calling all interested parties in Maricopa County and surrounding areas to sign up for our free certification program. There will be 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.
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, your habitat will be added to our Pollinator Pathway map (coming soon). We are currently behind in reviewing applications, but will be in touch soon!
Intended as an entry level foray into pollinator gardening, ideal for those that are:
Highest level, ideal for those that: