Tracking Your Pollinator Paradise


The good news? We can help. Our cities and gardens are often way stations, oases on the edges of agricultural communities and wild areas. In the U.S. alone, there are over 60 million urban acres of existing and potential pollinator protection zones.

Bumble bee on bachelor button copyright Katy Pye 2017

Bumblebee on bachelor button
© Katy Pye

It’s critical, of course, to plant your garden to support what pollinators need to feed, rest, reproduce or nest on/in, but:

— do you know which pollinators are visiting your garden at what levels (a few, a good number, lots)? 

— what plants are they using and does this change over time?

— what additional resources do you supply and are they used?

— with this information, what garden adjustments might you make to better serve them? 


In 2017, I expanded and monitored my home garden to attract and support more pollinators. My eyes and ears are filled with the flurry of activity. Want to know what I discovered? Some plantings were already working well. But there is always room for improvement and more things to learn in a garden, right? I’ve translated my process  into a workbook to help you see deeper into and finetune your own garden to help our pollinators. 

The book is looking for a publisher. Sign up now to keep up with its progress and be notified when the workbook is available. Drop me a note via the form under the Contact Me tab above, and I’ll put you on the notification list.

In the meantime, here are photos of some recent visitors in my pollinator garden paradise and links to a few recent articles. Download this free pollinator poster“Plant It We Will Come, Protect Us We Will Stay for Generations.” It’s a great teaching tool. 

Katy Pye pollinator panel 4-22-18 @200

2017 Pollinator Week   “Buzz, Zoom, Duck! Get Ready for Pollinator Week”

2018 Pollinator Week  “It Takes a Neighborhood”

9/16/18 Blog post  “I Spy! Fall In The Pollinator Garden”

Caught napping © Katy Pye 2017

Caught napping
© Katy Pye 201

California Sister © Katy Pye 2017

California Sister
© Katy Pye 2017




Longhorn bee on Rhododendron flower © Katy Pye 2017

Longhorn bee on Rhododendron flower
© Katy Pye 20










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– Syrphid fly

Find more information about supporting pollinators

The Xerces Society 

Pollinator Partnership

Native Bees of North America: Bug Guide

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Monarch Joint Venture

Audubon: How to Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard

U.S. and Canadian native plants by state and province