Learn more. includes podcasts, videos newsletter, searchable database, Pollinator Habitat signs, pledge has easy info, series of lessons, sells solitary bees and kits includes annual sale of native plants

Limit harm.

  • Avoid toxins incl. herbicides. Dandelions are useful (and tasty)!
  • Careful where you get plants. Ask! Favor small stores and local swaps.
  • Limit non-natives. Pull out and trash harmful plants. Black swallow-wort is a perennial vine that’s cute but terrible; its pods spread thousands of seeds on the wind.
  • Favor produce grown with better practices; support those growers.

Help those helping: give money, time, word-of-mouth.

Raise awareness. Ask. Organize.

Neighbors, friends, family, “church,” school (, employer, city/state entities and higher.

  • Be ready to speak about clear, simple-enough points. Consider how frame it best to appeal to your audience: Pollinators are gentle and fun, food costs rise, etc.
  • Newsletters & social media: subscribe, share content with a personal comment.
  • Conversation starters: sign, shirt, profile picture, email signature, “Give bees a chance”
  • Various interests: art, science, food, mindfulness... Could combine “budgets.”
  • Petitions. Letters to media and elected officials. Grant writing.
  • Get-togethers! View videos, create habitat, raise funds, write letters, visit local sites (Fresh Pond, Tufts field research, Audubon)

Create habitat -- even without space of your own.

Give “hotels” and good plants as gifts, help install as needed! Lazy wins in landscaping!

-Leave an area unplanted and unwatered for ground-nesting pollinators

-Leave an area unmowed

-Leave autumn leaves (leaf mold is excellent), some dead wood

Plant pollinator helpers

-Aim for variety of shape, smell, color and timing to sustain many through the year.

    • Bees: Big landing pads; yellow and blue colors; sweet smell
table of plants that help pollinators

- Plant cover crops like clover (earliest in year… clovers; vetch, wild strawberries )

- Don’t forget trees (One Oak tree can support over 500 different species animal and plant)

- Clean water source

- Winter hibernation (shredded leaves, etc.)

- Pollinator corridor

green cannister mason bees hotel

Install “hotels” for solitary bees: make or buy, can be plain or gorgeous!

  • Horizontal cavities the diameter of a pencil more or less
  • Materials--free of toxins--include: Pieces of wood, drill holes then put in lining paper (change it yearly); Hollow stems (e.g. Japanese knotweed, invasive), gather with duct tape or in open-faced container (coffee can, “bird house,” etc.).
  • Smooth the edges and surfaces (fragile bodies!)
  • Avoid rain (slight angle, “awning”) and hungry birds (use chicken wire)
  • Place ideally at eye level, easy for you to access, and facing east
intricate homemade blue hexagonal bee hotels