Populations of pollinators are decreasing worldwide. This is devastating to the world’s ecosystems, for pollinators play such a vital role in keeping the Earth healthy. Their decline is partially due to invasive species and a lack of native habitats.
I plan to plant a completely native garden in front of my house for my community’s native pollinators. My goal is to provide a safe haven for them to eat, breed, and shelter. I will apply to get my garden certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. I believe that one of the most important elements of conservation is education – it is vital to help others understand and love wildlife and the environment, for that is how we will work together to affect positive change. Since I am a wildlife photographer and a writer, I plan to document this project through a photo story. Then, I will approach a local organization (such as my town library or a nearby botanical gardens) with the goal of giving a presentation on the results of my garden to encourage others to plant native. I hope to not only make a difference in my own yard, but also to inspire others to support pollinators as well.