One of the major challenges faced by pollinators in the New York metropolitan region is that much of their habitat has been co-opted for human use. Usually, it’s altered in ways that make it inhospitable for pollinators as well as other wildlife. But often a landscape can be managed so that is beneficial for both pollinators and people. This section shows you how to manage the land with pollinators in mind, whether you’re a park manager, urban farmer, community gardener, or homeowner.

There are a few things you need to do before you can effectively manage the landscape for pollinators. First, become familiar with the pollinators that live in the area. Visit the other sections of this website for information on the bees and other pollinators in the New York metropolitan region and what they need to thrive. You should also review your current land management, gardening, or farming practices. This will help you determine which measures you can take to make them more pollinator-friendly.

Food resources

Promoting healthy and diverse pollinator populations with a variety of flowering plants. Read more

Nesting habitat

How to provide nesting sites for various pollinators. Read more

Overwintering habitat

Creating sheltered areas where pollinators can spend the winter. Read more

Stopover habitat

Monarchs, hummingbirds, and other migrating pollinators need places to rest and refuel. Read more

Pest management

How to minimize the impacts on pollinators. Read more

Habitat restoration

How to create high-quality habitats and link them together. Read more.

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