Seattle group creates 'Pollinator Pathway' for bees, birds, butterflies

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 6:21 PM

SEATTLE - While scientists continue to work on reasons why some bee and other pollinator populations are in such trouble, Seattle artist Sarah Bergmann is digging into the problem.

She is the creator of “Pollinator Pathway,” a project designed to get urban residents to convert grass planting strips along their streets into pollinator paradises.

The group of volunteers uses native plants to attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators and give them a lush and productive link between tow natural areas in Seattle's Central District.

"They need to find food and this could be part of their food supply, they'd be driving to the grocery store,” said volunteer Jake LaBarre.

The one-mile path will connect Nora Woods on E. Columbia to Seattle University, one mile down the road.

So far they have converted strips along about six blocks of the Columbia and hope to have 60 of the colorful gardens by the time they are done.

"It's a beautiful thing to have in the neighborhood,” said local resident Emmett Lyons

The group doesn't have the time or resources to install gardens outside the pathway, but it is always looking for donations and volunteers. For more information visit http://www.pollinatorpathway.com/

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