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Maricopa Native Seed Library: Maricopa Pollinator Pathway

Maricopa Pollinator Pathway

 

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 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.

 

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. Thank you to everyone who has applied so far! Please know that we are a bit backlogged and you will hear from us as soon as we are able.

 

 

   

Contributing Level

Intended as an entry level foray into pollinator gardening, ideal for those that are: 

  • new to the area
  • new to gardening or pollinator gardening
  • have a smaller space (even a patio!) 
  • limited time/resources for pollinator gardening

Learn more and sign up!

Core Level

Intermediate level, ideal for those that

  • have the space, time and resources for additional plantings and gardening practices that benefit pollinators

Learn more and sign up!

Comprehensive Level

Highest level, ideal for those that:

  • are experienced with pollinator gardening 
  • have large spaces
  • have been gardening at the contributing or core level and want to go "all in"
  • have the time/resources to devote to a high level of pollinator gardening

Learn more and sign up!

Maricopa Pathway Pollinator Map

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