Pollinator pathways are critical components of our natural environment. Link to the wonderful website of The Pollinator Pathway Project, which is organized by volunteers from town conservation organizations working together to establish pollinator-friendly habitat and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife along a series of continuous corridors.
Most native bees have a range of about 750 meters, so the goal is to connect properties that are no farther apart than that. This project began in 2017 in Wilton. Since then, pathways have been established in over 27 towns in CT and NY and the list keeps growing.
By linking to the Pollinator Pathway Project, you will find answers to important questions such as:
- What is a Pollinator Pathway?
- What are pollinators?
- What is threatening our pollinators?
The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is a collaboration of Caudatowa Garden Club, Norwalk River Watershed Association, RACE, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Ridgefield Garden Club, Ridgefield Public Library, Woodcock Nature Center, and with the support of the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Hudson-to-Housatonic Partnership, Highstead Foundation,and the community of Ridgefield.
So far there are six pollinator "anchor" gardens or plantings in Ridgefield at the corner of Simpaugh Tpk and Rt. 7 along the Norwalk River and five on Main Street at Keeler Tavern, Jesse Lee Methodist Church, The Aldrich Museum, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and Casagmo.
And the Conservation Commission is creating an anchor garden at the McKeon Farm in Ridgebury.