It's No Mow May!

“No Mow May” is a conservation initiative to increase spring resources for flower-reliant insects by allowing non-grass lawn plants like clover, wild violets, dandelions, and self-heal to bloom by not mowing. This small action (or inaction, as it were) can yield major benefits. Research conducted by a team that includes Joan Milam and Susannah Lerman of UMass Amherst shows that simply reducing how often you mow can improve local pollinator abundance and diversity (more info here).

Not mowing your lawn this month, and mowing it less frequently all season, will also reduce your carbon footprint! There are over 40 million acres of turf grass in the United States and the lawn mowers used to maintain this turf require an estimated 800 million gallons of gasoline annually (more information on the environmental impacts of lawn maintenance can be found here).

Printable lawn signs are available via Bee City USA and we have a handout available for outreach efforts (linked here).

The Mass Pollinator Network invites you to pledge your participation in this effort using the button below!

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Our Mission:

Pollinators face many challenges, from habitat loss to pesticides, but there is a groundswell of public interest in protecting their populations and the ecosystem services they provide. The mission of the MA Pollinator Network (MAPN) is to expand pollinator habitat and reduce the use of pesticides through creation of a statewide network that connects and supports the growing number of individuals, communities, organizations, and research groups working to protect pollination systems across the Commonwealth.

Toward these broader objectives, MAPN will:

  • strengthen existing partnerships and facilitate new collaborations to accomplish shared goals;
  • provide the public, including activists and advocates, with the resources they need to succeed in their efforts;
  • promote native plants, especially those needed by at-risk native pollinators;
  • work with professionals in plant cultivation, landscaping, and nurseries to increase the availability of native plants;
  • advocate for local, state, and national policy reforms that protect and enhance biodiversity, including critical pesticide reform legislation;
  • engage in public education and outreach to raise awareness about the individual and collective actions that will promote healthy and diverse pollinator populations.

Together, we will protect and expand pollinator habitats and reduce the use of biocides in landscapes across the Commonwealth!

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Pollinator Network Events

No Mow May!

May 1 - May 31

City Natives Plant Sale (May 7th-28th)

May 7 @ 9:00 am - May 28 @ 3:00 pm EDT

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