Hastings Pollinator Pathway
The Hastings Pollinator Pathway supports pollinators by strategically linking large green spaces via networks of pollinator-friendly gardens on public and private land.
Why are we doing this? Because the world’s community of pollinators is in crisis.
One in four native bee species are facing extinction.
There are significant declines in other pollinator populations as well, which include beetles, ants, birds, moths, butterflies, flies, gnats, and small mammals, such as bats.
Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80-95% of plant species on earth.
There are numerous causes for this decline, with habitat loss and pesticide use at the top.
Conservation techniques work. When homeowners, governmental agencies and private companies commit to expanding pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free habitats, we will change the future for pollinators and secure our own. We encourage your home to become a node on a path through Hastings!
The Pathway in Hastings. Major arteries of the Hastings Pollinator Pathway plan include:
Inter-village pathways: the Old Croton Aqueduct & Saw Mill River
East-west connecting paths: Mt Hope Blvd and Farragut Avenue/Parkway
Every home garden, large and small
No Mow May
Join us in not mowing your lawn this spring, to allow early foragers more range. The blooms that come up in your lawn provide food for early pollinators when there is little else blooming to feed them.
The No Mow May initiative started in Britain and has spread around the world (see this NY Times article). More and more communities are joining the call to give nature a moment to catch her breath. All you have to do is to not mow right away (feel free to mow a path through your lawn).
You can now identify your no-mow yard with one of our no-mow signs. These are available for purchase at any of our events and at the Village's Municipal Building, 7 Maple Avenue (order online and pickup). Thanks to Hastings' Own Kimi Weart for the beautiful design!
More: this article from the Xerces Society gives an overview; this one from USDA Forest Service presents a study on pollinator prevalence in suburban yards and mowing practices, and finds greater diversity of pollinators in areas where mowing is reduced, or read this article from Schenectady's Daily Gazette.
Pollinator populations bounce back quickly when given a chance. We're eager to see what happens in Hastings when we mow less. Should be interesting!
Check out our new page on pesticides. Applying toxic chemicals has been forgotten as a cause of cancer and other diseases. What else would explain why suburban NYC has the highest level of pesticide applications in the State? Their use serves no vital purpose and is a direct danger to the health of homeowners and our local ecosystems.
It's been over 50 years since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring and the U.S. banned the use of DDT. A slough of killing chemicals have taken DDT's place. Like the mythological Hydra's head, when one is cut off, two more grow back in its place – and its breath is poisonous to all who cross its path. Just say no to pesticides.
See what others in the northeast are doing to support pollinators as well as some municipal projects. Hastings' pathway will help connect H2H - the Housatonic to the Hudson.