Problem Description: Globally, pollinators are in decline. Both wild and managed populations face many obstacles such as parasites, pesticides, and loss of floral abundance/diversity as a result of increased land use and occupation. In addition, habitat destruction has impacted nesting sites for the wild pollinators.
Solution: Under the direction of the Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge (FMNWR), the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club has restored 5 acres of agricultural fields to pollinator meadows. This restoration project provides habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinator insects. Numerous member and non-member volunteers have worked this project since inception. If you would like to help, please contact us.
Benefits: Established flowering meadows will bloom from spring to late fall, provide nectar, pollen and essential host plants for the migrating monarch butterfly and other native pollinators in the Falmouth / Mashpee area.
Cost: The FMNWR received a grant of $10,000 from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. The FRGC was required to match this grant with in-kind donations of an equal amount. To date, the FRGC has provided in-kind services of more than $20,000. In addition, the Club has provided and additional $5,000 to complete necessary work.
Timeframe: The pollinator project work began in the Fall of 2016.
Q1 2017 - Meadow 1 tree removal; branch trimming; fertilizing; and seeding. Transplanted donated plants form Spohr Gardens.
Q2 2017 - Planted 280 shrubs / bushes from Spohr Gardens. Weeded and prepared 2nd meadow. Transplanted 25 species of flowering perennials. AmeriCorps planted meadows 3,4,and 5.
Q3 2017 - Watered meadows to facilitate plant establishment and growth, Cut undesirable brushes / weeds.
Q4 2017 - Planted flowering perennials, bushes and trees in meadows 3,4,5 and 7.