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Much of our food exists because of poillitator bees; but they are in decline. A Brooklyn residents wants to help

RITA A. LEONARD - Liz Dally, a resident of S.E. 10th Avenue in Brooklyn, has removed her lawn and replaced it with a garden of plants beneficial to pollinator bees. "Last year, bees had their worst summer on record, with beekeepers losing 43% of their hives during the summer of 2019. These pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystems, but they face serious threats: pesticides, habitat loss, global warming and more." So says Wendy Wendlandt, Acting President of Environment America.

In the Brooklyn neighborhood, Liz Dally – who lives at 3340 S.E.10th Avenue – has been trying to address that crisis by converting her yard into a pollinator habitat. "About three years ago I scraped off my lawn, and began planting many of the native plants that I liked seeing while out on hikes. The organization suggests using shrubs and flowers native to your area, and avoiding pesticides and herbicides. Or you can convert your lawn to a rain garden.

"I've also been a volunteer at Metro's Native Plant Center, which is like a nursery that grows plants for Multnomah County's restoration project. That's where I took some workshops and learned about plants native to the Willamette Valley that would convert my yard into a natural pollinator habitat."

Dally started her project by removing camellias and other plants shading her yard. She planted butterfly weed, black-eyed susans, yarrow, blanket flowers, cone flowers, mock orange, pearly everlasting, columbines, and native purple asters, among others. "I started in May, and my goal is to have something blooming here all year around," she says. "BEE readers can participate by taking the Pollinator Protection Pledge, and registering your habitat online at – www.bringbackthepollinators.com

"My fall project is to turn my front parking strip into even more native habitat!"


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