Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is a nationwide effort to encouraging people to  preserve and create gardens and landscapes that benefit pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Run by the National Pollinator Garden Network, the challenge encourages gardeners to “bee counted” and maps pollinator gardens across America.

screenshot of a map that shows the locations of many gardens, centered on the United States
Pollinator garden locations for the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

According to the website, pollinator gardens should:

  • use plants that provide nectar and pollen sources
  • provide a water source
  • be situated in sunny areas with wind breaks
  • create large “pollinator targets” of native or non-invasive plants
  • establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season
  • eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides

What does it take to join?

Pollinator gardens are registered through the Pollinator Partnership website.  It takes just a few minutes to enter an email address, garden name and description, and location.

There are other pollinator programs that can be used to certify your garden habitat, such as those for the MonarchWatch’s Certified Monarch Waystations and the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program.

I registered by prairie garden. I also plan to look into each of these programs in the future, so stay tuned for future posts!

Beginning Birdwatching

A big part of the reason that I have this blog is to get me (and you too, I hope!) more interested in the outdoors. I’ve never had an interest in birdwatching before; mostly, I just like to look down and check out the plants while I’m making sure that I don’t trip and fall on my face!!

This year I decided that I would at least try to learn a few birds. I didn’t want to feel like such an idiot when talking with all the birdy folks I know — after all, if I’m working with folks from Audubon, I better know more than a chickadee and a few ducks. Continue reading “Beginning Birdwatching”