Pollinators are essential to life on earth, and landscapes that are intended to support healthy pollinator populations must fulfill their specific needs. Although the best-known pollinators are bees and butterflies, other pollinators include moths, birds, bats, wasps, flies, beetles, and small mammals. High-performing pollinator landscapes offer food in the form of pollen and/or nectar, shelter, and water for pollinator species. Below are examples of real projects and published research related to supporting pollinators across a variety of landscape typologies and geographies.
“Urban green roofs can support pollinators. A study of this Sydney green roof garden revealed at least 13 pollinator species, supported by the roof's native plants. The pollinators were found to be most present around a vertical trellis feature and were more present in areas with higher vegetation volume. ”
“Maintenance practices have an important connection with pollinator presence. In this linear park, maintenance staff initially trimmed back shrubs and removed flowers, removing key pollinator habitat. By waiting longer or not removing some plant material during maintenance activities, pollinator resources can be conserved while balancing maintenance needs. ”
California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic Society
“Citizen science tools can be used to track pollinator populations anywhere in the world. This tool allows a user to track which pollinators, and in what quantities, have been observed by visitors to a site. Users can also log their own pollinator observations. ”
“Pollinator habitat restoration can offer additional co-benefits. In this project, restoring lawn to coastal scrub habitat yielded significant savings in water use and irrigation costs while creating habitat for the endangered Mission blue butterfly. ”
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