Living Greenways Campaign

Build and protect insect habitats to aid wildlife that depends on them

Five Point Call for Action

  1. If you build it, they will come: Encourage homeowners/businesses to leave a part of their yard (say 10%) untouched to create a natural habitat. This can be achieved by creating a corner patch  in a not so windy spot which gets four to five hours of sunlight daily. Spread the leaves within a perimeter made of dead tree branches. Additionally, you may simply leave a strip in the yard or park un-mowed for a natural-looking perimeter. Ask city governments to build natural landscapes/oasis as human landscapes are not good for insects/bugs.
  2. Need for balanced diet: Encourage homeowners/businesses to grow clusters of rainbow colored native plants/wild flowers in the yard or park that make variety of nectar and pollen. If the space is a limited, use flower pots.
  3. Give reasons to come again: Select plants that bloom from Spring to Fall. Incorporate tall grass and shrubs too. When trees die, leave them for the insects, woodpeckers and cavity-nesting birds (and mammals). If the tree might fall on a house or road, take off the limbs or cut the tree short enough not to pose danger.
  4. Make it Inviting: Add a bird bath for water. Limit the use of pesticides, leaf blowers and lawn mowers.
  5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Give ground cover with rocks or a short wall. Such enclaves will be a welcome retreat providing protection from predators and cover for the young to grow. Protect natural ponds/lake habitats critical for insect population. 

This can be a fun family activity at home or an engaging team building activity at work. People will be rewarded with pretty flowers while restoring biodiversity. As an additional bonus, people may be able to register their efforts and to share their success stories.

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Wildlife's food chain begins with insects

Wildlife's food chain begins with insects