Help Your Local Pollinators
From your backyard to the larger community, there are many ways you can get involved and help our local pollinators.
Plant a Pollinator Garden
Pollinator gardens are not only beautiful but they also provide pollinators with a critical food source and habitat. When creating a pollinator garden there are a few thing to consider and remember; make sure the species you are planting are native, know your landscape, and understand the needs of the plants and pollinators alike.
Picking native plants for your garden is very important for the ecosystem. Non-native plant species can easily become invasive in the area. Invasives decrease native species biodiversity and take over large areas, negatively affecting the native plant and animal species. Lucky you are armed with reliable native plans guides to help you make educated choices in which plants to include in your garden!
Along with choosing the correct plants you also must be able to support these plants on your land. Understanding the needs of the plant species and the supportability of the landscape is crucial to creating a pollinator garden that will last. Knowing the requirements such as light availability and soil moisture can help you sustain your garden. The following are a few guides that can help you evaluate your landscape to create a beautiful pollinator garden.
Sign the Pollinator Protection Pledge, learn easy tips for making your yard more pollinator friendly and more!
Choose a region and discover pollinator conservation resources including tools and fact sheets.
URI's Cooperative Extension connects researchers and educators with residents of both rural and urban areas in order to create positive changes.
Using your Zip Code, find what ecoregion you live in and download corresponding planting guide, a comprehensive tool geared towards planting for pollinators.
This database enables you to find native plant nurseries all around the United States.
Providing Habitat for Bees
As hard as it may be, one of the best things you can do for pollinator habitat is leave your yard undisturbed. Longer grass, fallen branches, and good safe soils all provide pollinators with shelter. If leaving your yard undisturbed isn’t an option for you, there are still others ways to help support pollinator habitat. You can help by creating bee boxes! There are many different ways you can create these bee boxes and here is a comprehensive guide on how to make them
‘Bee’ Conscious About Pesticides
Pollinator are very susceptible to the pesticides many homeowner use every year. Recognizing the effects of these pesticides on the pollinators can help you make positive choices towards preserving them. Understanding how to read labels and knowing best management practices is a good place to start!
A DYI guide for creating nest sites for bees in your own backyard or other green space.
A guide to using pesticides in the safest manner possible to avoid harming pollinator populations.
Do your gardening practices incorporate pesticides that use neonicotinoids? Learn about this dangerous group of pesticides here.
Getting involved in pollinator health is extremely important. With pollinators on the decline it’s all hands on deck to protect them and there are ways that you can help. Doing your part can be as involved as you want it to be and easy as well!
Citizen science projects allow for the public to get their hands dirty and take part in science projects that provide real scientist with real data!
Join Audubon Society of Rhode Island naturalists and other butterfly enthusiasts for the 14th Annual Butterfly Count, held on June 24 and July 22, 2016. Image by Jennifer Hill.
A directory of the Nation's many citizen science projects.
Yet another valuable director for citizen science projects. Image by Kevin Winn.
Become a Beekeeper
Becoming a beekeeper is an amazing way to preserve the bees! Rhode Island has its very own beekeeper association, where you can take classes on how to become a beekeeper and become apart of the community. They also offer mentors to help you with your beekeeping adventure!
The official website for the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association. This site is a hub for beekeepers in the state of Rhode Island, offering news, mentoring resources, beekeeping school updates ad much more.
Latest Pollinator News
Get the buzz on pollinator news and upcoming events.
Audubon naturalists lead teams into the field to identify and record butterfly sightings. No experience is needed. This event is part of the North American Butterfly Association's annual survey of butterflies.
Come celebrate pollinators June 19th - 25th and help spread the word about how to protect them.
There is an increasing buzz about pollinators these days. But it’s not that sound in your garden as bees go about their business. Learn about what Audubon is doing to help our blossom-loving friends, what you can do at home and in your community and all about how you can celebrate National Pollinator Week with us!
Audubon Environmental Education Center
Visit Rhode Island's largest nature center and aquarium!