In 2016 Peggy MacLeod was inspired by a “Pollinator Friendly Habitat” sign on a chance visit to a native plant garden in Asheville NC. Understanding its importance, Peggy returned to Northampton and joined forces with Amy Pulley to start the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network (WMAPN). Eighteen enthusiastic pollinator advocates contributed a spontaneous flow of ideas and actions at the first meeting, and the organization was born.
WMAPN blossomed into a robust local movement that built interconnected pollinator habitat yard by yard and community and community, including seven municipal “anchor” plantings as the core of a city-wide pollinator pathway. They also organized a ninety-person sustainable landscaping symposia, for municipal and university personnel.
As the organization grew, and requests for information increased from all over Massachusetts, they realized they needed more resources than a solely-volunteer organization can provide. In June 2021, WMAPN partnered with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass) and relaunched as the Massachusetts Pollinator Network (MAPN). MAPN is now headed by a professional Network Coordinator and the network has expanded its reach to all of Massachusetts.