How You Can Help Native Pollinators

How you can help

More than half of all flowering plants species are suffering from are under-pollinated because pollinators are in decline. The reasons for this decline range from inappropriate use of pesticides to habitat loss due to development and encroachment of invasive species. Pollinators have also been hit hard by parasites and diseases. It’s a tough time to be a pollinator, but it’s not too late for us to help.

We can make a difference for many of the native pollinators in the Willamette Valley by taking these steps:

Six Habitats for Beneficial Insects

  • Field Borders Strips

    of native grasses and wildflowers planted along field edges, farm roads, underneath power lines, or in the corner areas of center-pivot irrigated fields. 

  • Pollinator Hedgerows Linear

    rows of flowering shrubs, trees, perennial wildflowers, and grasses in the understory. Located along property boundaries, fence lines, roads, and as barriers to separate crop fields. 

  • Streamside Buffers Multi-level

    native vegetation maintained along streams, creeks, and rivers.

  • Beetle Banks Grassed

    elevated berm that provides shelter and overwintering habitat for predatory ground beetles. Planted next to or through the center of crop fields. 

  • Cover Crops and Alley Crops Temporary

    or permanent plantings of ground cover on fallow crop fields, between rows of berry crops or nursery stock, or in the understory of vineyards and orchards. 

  • Insectary Strips

    of pollen and nectar sources planted between crop rows.  For more information see Farming with Native Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control Solutions, Xerces Society Guide. 

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