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ROCHESTER POLLINATORS IS A COMMITTEE OF CITY BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION OF ROCHESTER
Put it Back! Restore Our Natural Habitat — Start Growing Native! 

Save the monarch butterfly and pollinators by planting Michigan native plants in your home garden.

WHO WE ARE
We are a group of concerned people who founded the Rochester Pollinators mission to provide education and resources to preserve the Monarch butterfly and pollinator population. By reintroducing Michigan native plants into local landscapes including home gardens, businesses and municipal landscapes, we can help our local pollinators flourish!

THE ISSUE 
WE ARE LOSING OUR VALUABLE POLLINATORS.

Butterflies and other pollinators have experienced significant declines across the globe. The Monarch butterfly population alone has decreased up to 75%–90% depending upon the year.

Why are these pollinators declining?
Pollinators are being threatened by a number of factors:

  • habitat loss due to over development
  • decline of important native host plants for feeding and breeding due to invasive exotic plants and bacteria/viral infections that are brought by alien species
  • use of pesticides
  • effects associated with climate change
  • the creation of millions of acres of lawns which often lack the native plants needed to support pollinators


WHY SAVE THE POLLINATORS?
ONE-THIRD OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY IS DEPENDENT UPON POLLINATION.

Food: Many of our favorite foods such as apples, avocados, cherries, almonds, blueberries, lemons and much more are made possible by insects. If they were to disappear foods would become rare and expensive. 

THE BENEFITS OF NATIVE PLANTS 
Low maintenance: These amazing plants have adapted to our natural landscapes. Due to their deep roots they require less watering than non-native species. Once established in your garden, they require very little maintenance, and they come back every year.

Healthy & SAFE: These plants are healthy for the pollinators and are healthy for you. Suburban lawns on average have 10 times more chemical pesticides than farms. Native plants are better adapted to our climate and eliminate the need for toxic chemicals. Thus providing a safe environment for our wildlife and families.

NATIVE PLANTS:

• Require less water due to their deep roots
• Need no pesticides
• They grow back each year
• They feed our local pollinators, birds and us!

WHAT WOULD WE MISS?
Nearly 90% of all flowering plants, including many fruit and vegetable crops, benefit from pollinators. This means that most of our favorite foods would either totally disappear or be extremely rare and expensive.Some of these items include:

• Honey
• Avocados
• Cherries
• Tequila
• Coffee
• Apple Pie
• Almonds
• Blueberries
• Tomatoes
• Squash

YOU CAN HELP—IT'S EASY!
This is an ecologically solvable problem that you can remedy in your own backyard. All you need to do is plant a pollinator garden with Michigan native plants and restore the natural habitat for all of our wildlife. Because the plants are native to Michigan, they grow back each year, they don't need pesticides and very little water once they are established.

The most effective way you can help is by planting a pollinator-friendly garden that has milkweed for the Monarchs to lay their eggs. There are many native plants that also nourish and are serve as host plants for other butterflies, bees, humming birds, and pollinators. Make sure you plant true Michigan native plants as that is the issue. Many non-natives don't have the nectar that our native pollinators need to survive.