Our pollinator populations are in crisis and we need pollinators!
One of every three bites of food we eat depend on pollinators.
85% of flowering plants need pollinators: our whole ecosystem depends on them.
In 2006 something happened: we went from losing 10-15% bee populations each year to losing 30, 40, 50% each year.
New York State has 400 bee species, but many are endangered; the rusty patched bumblebee, once common, has lost 90% of its population and range.
Without pollinators, we can’t feed ourselves. Insects, birds, and other animals that move pollen from one plant to another enable cross fertilization and promote the reproduction and growth of new plants. As a result, Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80-95% of plant species on earth and more than 30% of our food.
Insects are vital. Scientists tell us that if insects go extinct – and many are currently endangered – then global natural cycles and systems will collapse. Famous entomologist E.O. Wilson wrote: "If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos!" Adding native plants to our gardens is a first step toward restoring biodiversity.
It is safer for you and your family. Creating a Pollinator Pathway garden ensures you are not exposing you and your family to dangerous chemicals found in pesticides.
It creates a beautiful garden in a small space. You don’t need to change your entire garden to make a positive change. Every plant counts! Even the smallest of available green spaces like flower boxes and curb strips can be part of a pathway made up of beautiful native plants.
Promotes environmental stewardship and education. With each resident’s participation, we are demonstrating Bronxville’s commitment to solving today’s environmental challenges and protecting what we love. Making small changes in our gardens and getting family and friends involved increases education and awareness for future generations and homeowners.