Bees are pollination champions

Of the 100 crops that make up the world’s food supply 80% are pollinated by wild bees.

Native Seed Collection

The Verde Native Seed Cooperative is partnering with the Colorado Native Plant Program and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to collect seed from important pollinator plants. We will partner with local farmers to grow container plants for local pollinator projects and experiment with best practices for propagating these plants and share the information with our partners and the public.

Camp Verde Public Library Pollinator Garden

Penstemon Field Production Photo by Kate Watters

Seed collection of local pollinator plants for field production

Camp Verde constructed a beautiful new library in 2016 and partnered with FVRG and US Fish and Wildlife to plant hundreds of pollinator nectar and host plants. The library is a center for community activity and now a diverse and colorful sanctuary for butterflies and bees!

Shield Ranch Pollinator Garden

Shield Ranch After

Shield Ranch pollinator garden is perennial habitat amidst annual agriculture

At TNC Shield Ranch, a 5-acre pollinator habitat is being installed. This will provide essential forage, egg-laying, and nesting sites for resident and migrating pollinators. The garden includes 4-7 species of flower throughout the spring, summer, and fall, including milkweeds for monarchs! After the first year, the garden already supported 25 taxa or kinds of butterflies, native bees, pollinating flies, and honeybees!

Pollinator Research

Pollinator research by NAU helps us understand habitat requirements

In 2016, FVRG partnered with Molly McCormick, a master’s student from Northern Arizona University and 100 community volunteers to better understand pollinator response to habitat size, density of flowers and number of flower species. The collaboration produced a paper entitled,” Habitat patches support rich and abundant pollinator communities to minimize use of restoration resources in arid lands.” The project provided important experimental support for land managers and gardeners who need to create pollinator habitat across large landscapes of tens to thousands of acres with limited time and monetary resources.

Our Partners

Monarch Watch
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Camp Verde Public Library
Milkweeds for Monarchs
Northern Arizona University

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