Why a Pollinator Pathway?
Just like larger animals need wildlife corridors, pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, and moths need favorable habitat to survive. Our goal is to establish a Pollinator Pathway in Minneapolis, and ultimately develop a coalition of partners to extend this critical habitat from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.
Creating a Pollinator Pathway throughout the Mississippi River valley accomplishes the following goals:
- Creates critical habitat for pollinators to flourish, supporting plant reproduction and agriculture.
- Reduces soil erosion and chemical runoff and improves water quality.
- Creates habitat for other wildlife including birds and many other animals.
- Beautifies the landscape in urban areas.
- Serves to engage and educate the public about the importance of protecting our pollinators.
- Brings communities together, connects them to nature while having a positive impact on the environment, giving hope and a sense of ownership.
- Focuses on the critical link that pollinators play in the health of many ecosystems.