Pollinator-Friendly Flowers

Lawn areas by the front of the property required frequent maintenance and provided little benefit for wildlife. The wildlife team decided to convert these areas to native pollinator habitat to help preserve the important pollinator species. Along the front entrance, the team seeded colorful wildflowers including black-eyed Susan, perennial lupine, white yarrow, and New England aster. Next to the office, employees planted a garden with pollinator-friendly shrubs and flowers, including sweet pepperbush and blanket flower. A butterfly house provides additional cover. The team monitors the meadow monthly and the garden weekly to keep weeds under control. Employees observe a variety of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees using the pollinator habitat

Wildlife July 2010