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Pollinator Patch Program

A Biodiversity Initiative

Welcome to the Pollinator Patch Program, a biodiversity initiative!

My name is Cecilia Ise and I live in Miami Shores, attend iPrep Academy, and am a member of Girl Scout Troop 1305.

I am passionate about the environment and want to address biodiversity loss through my Girl Scout Gold Award Project: the Pollinator Patch Program.

The Pollinator Patch Program is simple:

Dedicate a part of a yard or public space to grow naturally without pesticides/herbicides or being cut or mowed, thereby creating a biodiverse space where native plants can grow and pollinators can live.

The goal of the Pollinator Patch Program is to tackle one of the root causes for the loss of biodiversity and pollinators in my community: pesticides/ herbicides/ insecticides.

It is common practice for a homeowner or the municipal grounds crew to spray pesticides and herbicides and over-cut the grass, hoping to create that well-manicured look. The price of that pretty yard, however, is the loss of naturally growing native plants that provide pollinators the proper habitat.

The Pollinator Patch Program will be promoted through workshops where the participants will learn about:

The impact of pesticides and herbicides on biodiversity, native plants and pollinators; the importance of native plants and pollinators to human survival, including mental health benefits; how to identify native pollinator plants and native pollinators; how to create and sustain a Pollinator Patch; and how to document the biodiversity.

Several local partners have agreed to create a Pollinator Patch on their property and host workshops for the community. Each Pollinator Patch will have a sign with a QR Code linking it to this Pollinator Patch page.

To determine the impact of the Pollinator Patches on increasing biodiversity, I have set up a data collection account with the Citizen Scientist website, iNaturalist, to collect information about plants and pollinators found in the Pollinator Patches.

Please return soon as I will be posting information about the workshops and sharing other resources.

Common Pollinator plants found in yards

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