Pollinator Project Rogue Valley – Rogue Buzzway Project

Date grant awarded: 01/29/2018

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, a small volunteer nonprofit working in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon, envisions safe, healthy, and thriving pollinator habitat for every community. We are inspiring people to save the bees and other pollinators by connecting the awareness that our food security and a healthy ecosystem is in large part determined by healthy pollinator populations, and thus vibrant pollinator habitats. We have been working with Southern Oregon University, the first Bee Campus in the nation, and have created the first version of the first-ever Rogue Buzzway Map! Mapping qualified pollinator habitat on public and private lands on our Rogue Buzzway Map will help people make the connection that a mostly native and pesticide-free landscape, whether filled with food crops or native trees and shrubs, is critical for healthy populations of honey and native bees, butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. These invaluable and sometimes invisible insects are vital for life as we know it – their pollination services create the seeds, fruits, nuts, and plants that give us 1 out of 3 bites of food each day, and also insures the reproduction of 90 percent of all flowering plant species.