Sustainable Arlington

An Envision Arlington committee & a Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) chapter

Folder Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group [Resources]



default 1. Leave the Leaves

Why do we say "leave the leaves"? When? Where? For how long?

  • Leaves are nature's free mulch and fertilizer. They help keep soil moist and enrich it as they gradually break down.
  • Leaves provide shelter for beneficial insects, including many native bee species and fireflies, and other small wildlife.  They need a good layer of leaves on the ground to safely overwinter and reproduce.
  • Leaves help make soft landings under trees. "Soft landings are diverse native plantings under keystone trees (or any other regionally appropriate native tree). These plantings provide critical shelter and habitat for one or more life cycle stages of moths, butterflies, and beneficial insects such as bumble bees, fireflies, lacewings, and beetles. In addition to plants, soft landings also include leaf litter, duff, and plant debris." Read more here.  Download the Soft Landings handout here.

default 1. Native Plants for Bumble Bees (Heather Holm, recording)

Heather Holm's outstanding webinar on native plants for bumble bees --available on the Tending Nature website under the Recordings tab:

Learn more about Heather Holm.

default About Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group, Survey & Map

A volunteer coalition of gardeners and native plant enthusiasts that have come together to promote and create more pollinator habitats in our region - the Mystic & Metrowest Charles River Watersheds in Massachusetts.

Visit their Facebook Group

Take their Pollinator Garden Survey to add your pollinator garden to their interactive Pollinator Pathways Map.

Nominate a public space with native plants to put on the map here:

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default Gardening for Native Pollinators

Study: Small Gardens Are Just As Crucial for Bee Conservation As Big Ones. Urban gardens are a critical source of food and habitat for pollinators.

default Massachusetts Pollinator Network

A statewide network of people, communities, organizations, native plant experts, and researchers working to protect pollinators across the Commonwealth.

default Western Mass Pollinator Networks