Pollinator Pal Toolkit

Why are pollinators important and what does it mean to be a pollinator pal?

Apples, kiwi, plums, pears, cherries, cucumber, hazelnut, raspberries, tomatoes, and chocolate are just a few of the foods that rely on pollinators. Not only do pollinators help provide us with the foods we love but without them about 90% of the worlds flowering plants wouldn't be able to reproduce. So, if you like food and you like a beautiful landscape, then you like pollinators! Help pollinators help you. 

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Pollinator Events in Pierce County

June 17th

Pollinator Day at the Farm!

Join Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands to celebrate and learn about pollinators. From 1-3 p.m. help plant pollinator plants into our hillside garden then participate in educational and fun activities centered on pollinator information from 3-6 p.m.. Sponsored by Bee City -Seattle, the Garden Hotline, Tilth Alliance, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, the Common Acre and City Fruit.

June 22nd

Parkland Prairie Nature Preserve Pollinator Celebration

Tule Lake Road S At Yakima Ave S Tacoma, WA 98444

From 10am-1pm join WSU Master Gardeners and Pierce County Parks invite you to visit the new Parkland Prairie outdoor learning space to celebrate all the creatures that make the prairie bloom!

How can you help pollinators?

Become a Pollinator Pal

  1. Plant flowers that bloom from early spring all the way into fall. (See below for our native plant bloom window list)
  2. Provide a clean water source. For example: a bird bath filled with rocks or marbles so small pollinators don't drown.
  3. Pollinators need shelter and places to raise their young. Bare soil, rotting wood, snags, stacked rocks, and bee houses are a good place to start.
  4. Reduce or eliminate pesticides and herbicide use. If you must spray use organic or natural pest deterrents such as soap, garlic and chili pepper. Spray at night, when flowers are not blooming, and when it’s dry and windless. Make sure to carefully read and follow application instructions.
  5. Do less yard work! Leave a portion of your yard or landscape untouched to act as a natural area for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. 
  6. Talk with your neighbors and create more pollinator friendly space. Even plants in pots on balconies and decks will work.

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PCD Cost Share Program

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At PCD we provide landowners in  Pierce County with cost share assistance to implement best practices on the farm. Follow the link for more information!

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