MCA Native Pollinator Ambassador Program

Half Black Bumblebee (Bombus vagans), Copyright PCH Gorman (Creative Commons)
 

Bombus fervidus (golden northern bumblebee), The Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) (Creative Commons)

The Native Pollinator Task Force (NPTF) is recruiting Ambassadors from each of the 36 communities in the SuAsCo watershed to help us restore native pollination systems (the needs of both pollinators and plants) by providing specific habitat requirements and reducing threats for at-risk pollinators.

Whether you are actively working on the pollinator crisis or heed this notice as your new calling, the NPTF has a critical, new message: To save native pollinators, we must restore pollination systems and rebuild functionally diverse native habitat. At-risk species of pollinators need the help of Ambassadors in our watershed to survive. The entire ecosystem needs healthy pollination systems to thrive.

Those interested in becoming an Ambassador should choose one or both activities outlined below to get involved. Begin by learning about wild pollination systems and creating functionally diverse native habitats. The NPTF will provide training, resources, and support.

Education and Outreach

  • Assist in spreading the message about threatened pollination systems and the solutions to turning the crisis around. The NPTF will provide materials and references.
  • Distribute information, including plant lists, guidelines, and toolkits that target at-risk pollination systems. The NPTF will provide resources and publications.
  • Create a new native pollinator conservation group in a town, or work within an existing group, such as the conservation commission, local land trust, or sustainability committee.

Create Gardens and Habitat for At-Risk Pollinators

  • Find sites where a Pollination Preservation Garden or other habitat could be installed - whether on an Ambassador's own land or in collaboration with a school, library, town office, place of worship, or business.
  • Use plants on the recommended plant lists and follow guidelines that target at-risk pollination systems provided by the NPTF based on scientific study in Massachusetts.
  • Follow the Pollination Preservation Garden Toolkit created and provided by the NPTF.

Do you know somenone who may be a good candidate for an Ambassador? Is it you? Contact Matt Morris ([email protected]) to get involved! Please distribute widely.