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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Native Habitat Resources

I attended a Pollinator Conference recently in Rock Island, IL and learned of several resources that are available for those wanting to develop native habitats and attract more pollinators.

First, here are a few questions to consider before getting started...
  • What other plants are already there? Are there invasive or other undesirable plants there that need removed? In particular, bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard are real problem plants.
  • How is the area adjacent maintained and by whom? Is it along a roadside that is maintained by the township or county? If so, how close to the trees do they mow and do they prune back the woody plants from time to time? This is a major factor since you don't want to add plants that would be inadvertently removed or cut later.
  • Do you want to attract anything in particular? For example, monarchs need milkweed as a larval source. And, fritillary butterflies need violets for their larvae to eat. Although there are many program out there, I know of many people considering this program to attract monarchs:
  • To attract other wildlife and birds, add a few native shrubs that provide cover and a food source. These websites might be helpful for this.
  • Consider adding bluebird boxes or such to attract specific birds, bats, etc.

Citizen Scientist Opportunities

National Pollinator Garden Network Garden Challenge (Some MN project sites could/should be listed here)

Pollinator Habitat Conservation programs – places to certify a landscape as a conservation habitat (some have funds available too)

Pollinator Resources

National Pollinator Plan was released by President Obama in May 2015 (includes Monarch Info)

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