"Each one of us makes a difference. We   cannot live through a single day   without making an impact on the world   around us - and we have a choice as to   what sort of difference we make."

                                                    - Jane Goodall


How Our Beneficial Insects Spend the Winter

During the cold winter months, many insects make themselves at home in your backyard.  Insects have mechanisms that help them survive the cold. And, you may be surprised to learn that most butterflies do not migrate south in winter. 

Protect Our Pollinators is a proud Partner of the Pollinator Pathway Northeast and Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership and support of the Homegrown National Park and Eco59 seed collective.

Contact us at:  ProPollinators@gmail.com

Find us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/protectourpollinators

  SAVE THE DATE for Native Plant Sales and Openings

 Aspetuck Land Trust - Spring Plant Sale - Pre-ordering begins on April 12.         www.aspetucklandtrust.org


Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery, Woodbury.

Opening: Sat. April 20, 9-4 and Sun. April 21, 10-3. www.earthtonesnatives.com


Tiny Meadow Farm, Danbury.

Spring Plant Sale - Pre-order now for May pickup.  https://tinymeadowfarm.com


Urbanscapes Native Plant Nursery, New Haven.

Opening on Sat. April 20. https://menunkatuck.org


The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, plant sale April 27, 2024.


Bartlet Arboretum, Stamford, plant sale May 11 from 10:30-3 pm.


  ​​Connecting open spaces and       private lands to provide 

  health habitat for pollinators,    beneficial insects, birds and        other wildlife.


Our Mission

- to save our endangered pollinators through  education and action.

                   Spring Ephemerals

Take an early spring walk in the forest, and you may be rewarded with the sight of little jewels sprinkled on the forest floor, known as spring ephemerals.

 

 To order, mail your donation to:

 Protect Our Pollinators

 12 Whippoorwill Hill Road 

 Newtown CT 06470

 

    Suggested donation is $20.

Protect Our Pollinators is a nonprofit organization devoted

to the conservation of pollinators and their habitats.

        Neonics, the New DDT

   What you need to know about               Pesticides harming Connecticut's        Birds, Bees, Wildlife and People.

                                      - CT Audubon.

​​​​​​​Want to Help our Struggling Pollinators?

1)  Convert 10% of your lawn to pollinator habitat. There are more than 40 million acres of lawn or turfgrass in the U.S. alone. This change would add four million acres for bees, butterflies, and birds.​


2) Replace some of your non-native ornamental plants with native plants. Many different kinds of beneficial insects rely on native plants as food or for nesting sites. These insects are food for birds and other wildlife. Declines in backyard birds are linked to an increase in the number of non-native plants.​​




3) There is no need to use Pesticides on a lawn or garden. Pesticides, especially insecticides, kill bees and other pollinators and beneficial insects that are meant to control pests. Systemic pesticides called Neonicontinoids (Neo-nics) are lethal to bees and other pollinators. ​And the most commonly used herbicide, Roundup is wiping out milkweed and other wildflowers essential for native bee pollinators and butterflies.  Roundup additives are toxic to Bumblebees.​​


​​4) Turn off the lights.  Lights harm night-flying insects.  Moths are a night-time pollinator and are food for birds and other wildlife. Attracted by the light, they become exhausted and die.  Fireflies, in their immature stage, are important for pest control. Lights disturb these night-flyers seeking mates to reproduce. By adding motion sensors and using yellow LED lights will preserve these important insects.