The Pollinator- friendly Yard Pollinators have only a few basic habitat requirements: a flower-rich foraging area, suitable host plants or nests where they can lay their eggs, and an environment free of pesticides (Xerces, 2011).This yard has a variety ofover 40 pollinator-friendlyplants.
During the two month study of the two yards, the pollinatorfriendly results were as follows:Thirteen bird varieties found in the yard: American robins, goldfinches, house finches, mourning doves, ruby-throatedhummingbirds, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbirds, northern cardinals, songsparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and house sparrows.Butterfly species included: Clouded sulphurs, cabbage whites,American coppers, commas, buckeyes, pearl crescents, littlewood satyrs, and monarchs.Other insects found were several varieties of bees, moths, beetles,and flies.
The Yard with a few decorativeplants: There aren’t any close-ups because after over two months of studying this yard, only the occasional pollinator was witnessed passing through. There is essentially nothing for them to eat and minimal space for even a bird to take a break. No food or plants = No pollinators
BibliographyBrooklyn Botanic Garden. Going Native: Biodiversity in Our Own Backyards. Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Inc., 1994. Print.Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Hummingbird Gardens: Turning Your Yard Into Hummingbird Heaven. Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Inc., 2007. Print.BugGuide.net. Iowa State University. n.d. Web. < http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740 >. 27Sept. 2012.Burton, Robert. National Audubon Society: Birdfeeder Handbook. New York, NY, DK Publishing, Inc., 2005. Print.Maescapes.org. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension. n.d. Web. < http://www.maescapes.org > . 27 Sept. 2012.Stokes, Donald W. and Linda Q. Stokes. Stokes Beginners Guide To Butterflies. New York, New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2001. Print.The Xerces Society Guide. Attracting Native Pollinators. North Adams, MA, Storey Publishing, 2011. Print.