Native pollinators need appropriate native plants, those that are indigenous to our specific geographic area: Here in the Willamette Valley, we live in the Pacific Lowland Mixed Forest ecosystem (same as the Puget Sound Valley). Before cultivation, we had dense coniferous forests, prairies that supported open stands of oaks, and wetlands with swamp or bog communities. The original, natural vegetation provided continuous cover and adjacent feeding opportunities for wildlife, including pollinators.
We can no longer assume that nature “out there” somewhere is taking care of the wildlife. We need to turn our urban and suburban areas back into habitat, starting with native pollinator gardens. Imagine a pollinator-friendly neighborhood, with native plants in bloom through as much of the growing season as possible, from one yard, patio, front porch to another! Imagine birds, bees, and butterflies welcomed back to our cities!
Where is this Spirit of love and truth leading you at this time?
What is one first step you can take?
Native bee plants – Doak Creek Nursery
Butterfly habitat – National Wildlife Federation
Bird habitat – The Audubon Society