In the second of a two-part conversation, Eli Arnow and Avalon Bunge are back to talk more about Pollinate Now!, their plans for the future of this initiative and how others can get involved.
A recent DEC study confirmed that between 38 and 60 percent of the New York State pollinator species studied are at risk. Pollinator populations can be helped by, among other things, conserving habitat, controlling invasive plants, changing mowing regimes, converting lawns into meadows, and controlling deer browsing of the understory of woodlands.
Restoring pollinator habitat for at-risk pollinators is the focus of Pollinate Now!, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving biodiversity and resilience for native bees and butterflies in the Hudson Valley. They are in the process of creating design toolkits to help landowners, landscape professionals and farmers implement restoration plantings across a diverse range of site types and scales. Starting with four unique designs for urban, riparian, working farms and old fields, they are striving to create a community of practice to improve biodiversity and resilience. Learn more by listening to this podcast episode of Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley .
Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas
Guests: Eli Arnow and Avalon Bunges
Photo by: Tim Kennelty
Production Support: Linda Aydlett, Teresa Golden and Annie Scibienski
Resources: pollinatenow — Partners for Climate Action (climateactionhv.org) ; DEC Announces Completion of New York's First-Ever Pollinator Distribution Survey - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Last updated June 8, 2023