Bend Pollinator Pathway and Deschutes Land Trust Partner to Distribute Free Native Pollinator Plants to Community Members

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Monarch butterflies and other native pollinators need our help! That’s why the Bend Pollinator Pathway and Deschutes Land Trust have teamed up and are giving away free milkweed and native pollinator-friendly plants to community members to plant in Central Oregon.

This project began last fall when volunteers collected native pollinator seed from gardens and habitats around Bend. In December of 2020, more than one thousand seeds were planted and set outside to overwinter. This spring, more volunteers joined the foster-growing effort and added hundreds more plants to the tally. And last month, a Deschutes County Discretionary Grant was awarded to the Bend Pollinator Pathway to fund the distribution of even more native pollinator plants to interested residents in Bend and beyond.

In addition to encouraging homeowner participation across our entire region, the Bend Pollinator Pathway is focused on creating a true pathway of connected habitat across NE Bend, with new plant installations in two of Bend Parks and Recreation neighborhood locations, three Orchard District roundabouts, three City of Bend properties including Veterans Bridge along Newport Ave, and more planned for fall.

On Sunday, June 27th, from 11am-1pm, we’ll be giving away 6-7 plants per household that will be a mix of multiple species. Recipients have been asked to prepare a planting location that is protected from hungry deer and other critters. Due to limited supply, we have asked folks to sign up for our native plant giveaway. Species lists, planting information, and event details will be sent after registration.

Bend Pollinator Pathway is helping the community encourage our local pollinators by sharing resources on its website www.pollinator-pathway.org/towns/bend. The website explains five ways to support pollinators when planning gardens, provides links to connect to its Facebook group and details upcoming community events such as planting parties.

For more information regarding the Bend Pollinator Pathway or the Pollinator Plant Giveaway, please contact Basey Klopp at PolllinatorPathwayBend@gmail.com.