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Posted on: April 17, 2016

City of Dallas Park and Recreation Launches Pollinator Conservation Program

Monarch Pollinator

The pollinator conservation program will help the declining pollinator population and you too are encouraged to join in the effort.

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department announced details of a new pollinator conservation program today at Kiest Park. The new initiative promises to help the declining population of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and moths. The program was developed by the department’s Urban Biologist, Brett Johnson.

“The program incorporates native, nectar-rich plants that will attract beneficial insects in select areas of our park system,” said Johnson. “We’re going to use our existing wildflower areas to develop a diverse plant community to support a wider range of pollinators with a minimal budget impact.”

Pollinators are needed to sustain a healthy ecosystem. Plant-based foods and other food sources are produced through pollination, providing food for human consumption as well as a diverse species of wildlife.

Johnson says you too can help in the effort by planting a pollinator garden, complete with colorful, fragrant, native flowers.

“Pollinator gardens are the perfect addition to your yard because they not only provide needed habitat for pollinators, but they help beautify your property,” said Johnson. “The best part is that you’ll be visited by beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies.”

Ten Things You Can Do In Your Yard To Encourage Pollinators

1. Plant a pollinator garden—provide nectar and feeding plants (flowers and herbs).
2. Provide a water source—place shallow dishes of water in sunny areas or create a muddy spot.
3. Provide shelter and overwintering habitat (bee boxes, undisturbed soil areas, and piles of woody debris).
4. Stop using insecticides and reduce other pesticides.
5. Provide sunny areas out of the wind.
6. Use native plant species whenever possible—mimic local natural areas.
7. Grow flowers throughout season. Provide a variety of colors and shapes.
8. Plant in clumps and layers. Use trees, shrub layers, with some low-growing perennials and vines—intermix with flowering annuals.
9. Use compost instead of commercial fertilizers.
10. Look but do not touch.

Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Pollinators of Texas

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