Colorado Community Pollinator Corridor Project

Create a Pollinator Sancutary on your farm, at your non profit, local community group, company, school, HOA, home garden, neighborhood park, or balcony garden joining with other groups to form a pollinator corridor. 

 

Simply Bee Conservation (a non-profit dedicated to pollinator conservation and education) is looking for schools, community garden, farms, non-profits, parks, HOAs, parking lots, individual gardens, individual patio gardens, or other community group, interested in having us help establish a pollinator conservation habitat with a stingless native bee houses at your location!

Contact us today to get started 

This project is supported Boulder County Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund, by community members like you in kind, and by donations. We also hold education events to fund our program.

 What is a Pollinator Corridor?

A community pollinator corridor is a group of contiguous habitats close enough to create a pollinator road from one habitat to another providing valuable connections for these vulnerable native species to thrive and proliferate with their community.

The issue: The smallest of native bees can only fly for 3 blocks before they need to refuel on delicious nectar in their search for a mate and a home for their nursery. The largest native bee can fly for ¾ of a mile. The celebrated Honey Bee in comparison can fly up to 3 miles. These pollinators need close havens with a diversity of food year round to proliferate and thrive. With modern agricultural practices of monocultures, city landscapes full of bare parking lots, and homes practicing spraying chemicals to kills those unseemly yellow flowers known as the dandelion, there isn't much room for our local pollinators to reach each other and replenish their dwindling numbers.  

The Solution: 

Communities coming together to create a chain of Pollinator Sanctuaries to connect our pollinators and each other!

Native Bees are an excellent addition to any outdoor space, as they greatly improve pollination services and local ecosystem vitality.

Bee conservation programs are a great way to do some good in the world while attracting people to your organization and events. Bonus wildflowers and butterflies are amazing for social media outreach. 

The Program

The objective of the project is to create a chain of conservation pollinator gardens, native bee habitat and living classrooms in collaboration with local farms, schools, non-profits, corporations, community gardens, your garden, HOA's etc. to aid in the conservation and proliferation of local pollinators.

The goals of the program are:

1) To create pollinator habitat and forage in multiple locations for native bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators to use as a corridor to spread, reproduce, and rekindle at-risk populations separated by modern human infrastructure and monocultures.

2) These gardens serve as conservation monitoring sites of bee populations in partnership with Colorado State University extension program.

3) These gardens in collaboration with our partners can serve as a living classroom to educate people on pollinator conservation and home gardening practices

4) To feed honey bees and native bees with mushroom extracts to boost immunity for our at risk bee friends.

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What your community group will receive from us: 

  • We work with you to design a pollinator sanctuary on your site
  • We will provide you with a native bee house for safe cavity nesting bees, lady bugs, and other pollinators
  • We will provide pollinator friendly wildflower seeds and starts
  • We will educate your community on the bees, natural beekeeping, the environmental issues surrounding bees, environmental stewardship, and most importantly what you can do to help Save The Bees.
  • We will educate you on how to become a citizen scientist and gather data on native bees so scientists can better understand our bee populations and how to help.
  • We may provide medicated bee feeders if appropriate for your situation

 

What you as an Individual community members can receive:

  • Free wildflower seeds. Amount will depend on supply and needs.
  • Education on how to set up your pollinator garden
  • Native Bee Houses are on a case by case basis.
  • We will educate you on how to become a citizen scientist and gather data on native bees so scientists can better understand our bee populations and how to help.
  • We may provide medicated bee feeders depending on supply
  1. Conditions:
    1. You must show passion and demonstrate a serious commitment to establish and keep a bee conservation area.
    2. You must designate a single responsible leader for the project
    3. You must be willing to share stores and pictures to inspire others.
    4. You must be able to care for the wildflowers and conservation area.

Contact us today to get started 

 Learn More about Native Bees and Conservation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E7drNfImik