Skip to main content
MENU

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.

More Resources


Latest Pollinator News

Get the buzz on pollinator news and upcoming events.

For wildlife. For pollinators. For the environment. | People are often reluctant to change manicured green spaces into wild spaces but filling the built environment with rain gardens and pollinator meadows will help us create more resilient communities and supports wildlife and pollinator.

This winter, don't forget to include plants for pollinators in your spring gardening plans! | An editorial by Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr

Audubon Celebrates National Pollinator Week by hosting a Bee Rally in the State House and lighting up the dome in black and yellow. That big striped State House Dome will “bee” hard to miss in June!

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020