MCA Native Pollinator Task Force

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The mission of the Native Pollinator Task Force (NPTF) is to conserve native pollination systems by providing the specific habitat requirements and reducing threats for at-risk pollinators in the 36 communities of the Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA).

Learn more about restoring and conserving native pollination systems

We are launching a Native Pollinator Ambassador Program to spread the word about conserving native pollinators across the SuAsCo watershed.

We are also working on a Pollination Preservation Garden Toolkit that provides resources for creating a garden that supports at-risk pollinators of eastern Massachusetts. Download a PDF to learn what is special and different about gardening for native pollinators.

Check out this past year's events and garden tours.

Our work is greatly influenced by the research of Dr. Robert J. Gegear, who is studying pollination systems in the watershed. Dr. Gegear is a biology professor at UMass Dartmouth and founder of The Beecology Project, a citizen science app to study foraging habits of bumblebees.

As of Spring 2021, the NPSTF is represented by MCA members from these organizations:

  • Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission
  • Sudbury Valley Trustees
  • Lincoln Land Conservation Trust
  • Marlborough Conservation Commission
  • Concord Pollinator Health Advisory Committee

Email [email protected] to contact the NPSTF.

Presentations

Resources from the NPSTF October 20th webinar including a recording of the webinar.

Public Display Garden Costs Webinar

Dr. Gegear's Lexington MA Presentation: More than Just the Buzz

Dr. Gregear's Plant List for At-Risk Pollinators

NPSTF Resources on where to purchase plants

Lincoln LLCT Pollination Tool Kit

Jane Gruba-Chevalier: Worksheet on garden costs for multiple gardens in Lincoln

Giancarla Kalpas: Summary Costs for Chelmsford- Sunny Meadow Farm Pollination Preservation Garden

Native Pollination Systems Task Force: Criteria for Public Display Native Pollinator Preservation Gardens