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Photo: Xerces Society / Mace Vaughan

Gardeners and homeowners are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact in supporting pollinators in their landscape. Recent research has indicated pollinators may be faring better in urban and suburban environments where they are protected from the widespread use of pesticides and monocultures found in agricultural lands. While habitat fragmentation and pesticide use are also of concern in suburban and urban environments, residents can directly make changes to their backyards, parks, and community gardens, and work with neighbors and community leaders to create habitat and adopt pollinator-friendly practices. As you work to add habitat to your community, ensure that you are purchasing bee-safe plants by talking to your nursery about their pest management practices.