Gardens provide food sources and habitat for pollinators.
Image by Barb Neal

Monarch butterfly populations have decreased so it's important to plant milkweed

Pollinators in sunflower field, Pittsford, NY

Pollinators,like bees, birds, & bats play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction

Life cycle of the black swallowtail: pre-emergent butterfly, chrysalis, pre-pupa, and caterpillar

hover fly on forget-me-not flower
Image by Anja Osenberg

Hover flies on a cluster of forget-me-nots


A landscape made up simply of mowed lawn and a couple of trees won't provide the food and shelter that native bees and butterflies need to thrive and reproduce. By making your landscape more complex, you can turn your yard and garden into a welcoming habitat that will benefit our native pollinators, and reward you many times over!


Melinda Meddaugh
Agriculture & Food Systems Issue Leader
(845) 292-6180 Ext. 116

Last updated July 1, 2022