North Carolina Pollinator Toolkit

Thinking about planting pollinator habitat in your yard or on your farm? Have questions about which species to buy, when to plant or how to maintain the habitat once it’s established?

Fall is an ideal time for establishing pollinator habitat and we are happy to share there is now a “one stop shop” to help you get started and find answers to your questions.

RAFI-USA collaborated with the North Carolina Botanical Garden, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Fresh Energy, and Audubon North Carolina to develop a comprehensive Pollinator Toolkit specific for North Carolina.

In addition to providing guidance for selection of appropriate species and seed mixes for the different ecoregions of North Carolina, the Toolkit also contains plan strategies for site preparation, planting and maintenance, provides a timeline for habitat establishment, and identifies funding sources for pollinator habitat projects. There is also a list of resources that may be helpful in planning and implementing a pollinator conservation and habitat enhancement project.

We hope you’ll check out the Toolkit! There are nearly 500 species of bees, more than 2,200 species of moths, and over 170 species of butterflies native to North Carolina and we’re sure they would appreciate your help!

Funding for development of the North Carolina Pollinator Toolkit was provided by the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.

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