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Pollinators in the Neighborhood (PIN) is a grassroots effort within neighborhoods to provide information and resources so everyone can learn how to help pollinators at home and in their communities.
Native (low water) plants are easier to grow in this climate and we provide free pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free, native plants for residents to plant in their yards.
Plants create a cool “understory” that helps trees survive and keeps utility bills down as well! It also restores the connection of pollinator-safe spaces, providing corridors across the city and the state.
What are the benefits of this project?
- Life-saving spaces for our pollinators
- Free pollinator-friendly plants that make ABQ a cooler, more beautiful community.
- A healthier environment for our kids and grandkids and for nature.
- Improved mental health: knowing that you are helping make the world a better, cooler place.
- Less isolation: being outside, sharing gardening tips and plants with neighbors.
What Is A Pollinator?
Pollinators are animals that move pollen from one flower to another so that the plants can produce fruits and seeds. More than 80% of the world’s flowering plants need pollinators to reproduce, so it’s important to protect them. Most pollinators are insects including bees, moths, wasps, butterflies, flies, ants, and beetles but some plants are pollinated by birds and even bats!
What is happening to our pollinators?
There is a dangerous decline in pollinators happening around the world caused by:
- Habitat loss
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Invasive species
- Soil health destruction
- Climate change
What is a Pollinator Corridor?
A pollinator corridor is a pathway of pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free native plant spaces that native pollinators use to live and grow. We can create these spaces anywhere, such as roadside flower beds, school gardens, neighborhood yards and apartment patios. These spaces connect with larger pollinator-friendly parks and open space across the city, increasing opportunities for pollinators to find food and places to live.
You Can Help
Working together to plant many small gardens will make an enormous difference in saving our pollinators.
- Attend our Pollinator Jamboree in August, which includes expert speakers, resources, and garden planning assistance.
- Encourage your neighborhood association to participate and get free plants at the giveaway day in your neighborhood!
- Ask for pesticide-free native plants at your local plant nursery.
- Plant native, drought tolerant, pollinator-friendly plants in your yard.
- Use natural wood mulch to control weeds, conserve water and keep the ground cool.
- Learn safe methods to control unwanted insects. Avoid using pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in your yard.
- Learn more about pollinators at the library or on the internet.
Think Like a Bee
Pollinators in the Neighborhood is a project of the 501c3 Think Like a Bee. Think Like a Bee is dedicated to
education, advocacy and protecting all things pollinators.
Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa