Pollinator gardens offer way to Protect the Environment

Tina has worked for the Nature Conservancy in forestry and carbon work for 31 years, and is a champion for Pollinators.

by Nikki Rizzardini

Feb. 22, 2022 — The January District Environment Committee meeting hosted a wonderful presentation from Tina Hall: Rotary club of Decorah, IA, Lead District Environmental Committee 5970, and Past District Governor, District 6220 (2017-2018). Tina has worked for the Nature Conservancy in forestry and carbon work for 31 years, and is a champion for Pollinators.  Here are some tips to help your club grow a pollinator garden!

  1. Do a club “scavenger hunt” around your town to identify an appropriate location for a pollinator garden taking into consideration a watering source. Popular spots can be: (1) around the town welcome sign; (2) cemeteries, (3)  church yards, and (4) schools.
  2. Replace lawns with gardens or remove existing non – pollinator friendly gardens with native, pollinator friendly plants!   Perhaps there is a business in town willing to invest in a pollinator garden and have some space to accomplish it.
  3. Check out Xerces Society to get a list of pollinator plants appropriate for your zip code.
  4. Avoid big box stores for plants. These have been treated with long acting neonicotinoids that kill the pollinators the plants are meant to attract!
  5. Master Gardeners can be a great community partner for these projects! They have all the know-how from design to long-term maintenance and must complete community service hours every year.

To learn more about how Rotary is engaged in Protecting Pollinators, check out: https://operationpollination.net/https://esrag.org/pollinators/

Tina is happy to present to your club and we highly suggest you invite her! dgtina2017@yahoo.com

 

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