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Help Your Local Pollinators

From your backyard to the larger community, there are many ways you can get involved and help our local pollinators.

Attend a Nature Program

Audubon Society of Rhode Island offers a variety of Nature Programs including workshops that will teach you how you can help pollinators, nature walks where you will learn about natural pollinator habitat, and more!

View the Program and Event Calendar

Plant a Pollinator Garden

Enhance Bee Habitat

One of the best things you can do for pollinator habitat is leave some of 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 other ways to help support pollinator habitat. You can help by creating or purchasing bee boxes.

Visit Xerces Society's website for fact sheets on enhancing nests for native bees.

Avoid Using Pesticides

Most insecticides (and a handful of fungicides and herbicides) kill bees directly. Many have sublethal effects that reduce the number of offspring a female bee can produce. And the interactions between different types of pesticides is not well understood.

When you must use pesticides, apply so that they have minimal impact on nearby plants and maintain buffer zones between sprayed areas and nearby natural habitat. Do not apply pesticides when plants are in bloom. Apply during the night or when temperatures are cool and pollinators are less active.

Become a Beekeeper

Becoming a beekeeper is an amazing way to preserve bees! Beekeepers must register with the RI Department of Environmental Management and should take classes to learn how to effectively treat bee diseases. Rhode Island Beekeeper Association has programs, mentors and many other resources for the novice and experienced beekeeper. 

The Pollinator Working Group - Stay Updated on Legislative Happenings

Recognizing the importance of pollinators and the extreme stresses they face, the Rhode Island House of Representatives directed the RI Department of Environmental Management to create the Pollinator Working Group in 2016.

Audubon is a member of the Pollinator Working Group and provides administrative and logistical support for the group.

The RI Department of Environmental Management maintains a web site for the Working Group - access the site here and check it frequently for updates on legislation regarding pollinators.

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Latest Pollinator News

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We need to protect bees, butterflies, and all other pollinators ... your ACTION is needed today! House Bill 5641 and Senate Bill 702 (H 5641, S 702) would regulate the sale of neonicotinoid pesticides and we have an opportunity to move both bills out of committee and to the floors of both chambers. And we need your help.

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