Create and connect pesticide-free habitat for imperiled native pollinators.
Pollinator Pathway Bend is a community-wide effort to create and connect pollinator habitat in the city of Bend (and beyond!). Basey Klopp began the pathway with a small group of volunteers in 2020, working with local businesses and the city and parks departments to get over 1000 plants in the ground that first year. She laid the framework for the current organization, which is now a registered 501(c)(3) run by a board of local residents, and the movement continues to grow.
There are many ways to get involved with Pollinator Pathway Bend. From volunteering to plant or pull weeds to creating your own pollinator garden or advocating at community events, we welcome all levels of expertise and enthusiasm.
While pollinators are small, their impact is enormous. They are responsible for the reproduction of over 75% of the world's flowering plants as well as every third bite of food we eat. Flowering plants provide food, medicine, shelter and numerous industrial products while also filtering the air we breathe and the water we drink. Their roots literally hold our world and soils in place.
Protecting native pollinators is critical to the health of our ecosystems and quality of life. Pollinator Pathway Bend joins a network of scientists, ecologists, educators, indigenous activists, everyday citizens and the national Pollinator Pathway organization calling for a change in land stewardship practices to create a more sustainable world.
We advocate for simple lifestyle changes that make room for the creatures with which we share our community and wild lands. We understand that not everybody has the knowledge or resources to make these changes, so we've curated and created digestible educational materials that explore the various ways we can support our native pollinators. You can find them on our Resources page.
We also, of course, work to connect and expand our local Central Oregon pathway by installing native plant gardens at schools, businesses, local parks and private residences and periodically offering free plants to local residents. Spreading awareness and creating simple demonstrations of pollinator-friendly landscape practices is critical to inspiring real, sustainable change.
We're always looking for new planting sites and partnership opportunities to expand our pathway.
PPB President | Landscape & Wildlife Photographer
PPB Secretary | Hiker, Cyclist and Water-wise Gardener
PPB Treasurer | Artist and Retired Software Developer
Horticulturist and Sustainability Educator, Worthy Environmental
Environmentally-engaged Citizen Volunteer