Creating essential habitat in our community for our vital & vulnerable pollinators
May 29th, 2020
No Mow May! How About June?
What grows in your yard when you don't mow in May?
No Mow May is a new campaign to raise awareness about the biodiversity of life that can live in your own backyard. It is a simple concept, just don't mow for the entire month of May. You will be amazed at the diversity of vegetation, and wildlife that inhabit your humble yard. 

Ellie Reese, Woodstock Land Conservancy's Program & Outreach Coordinator participated in No Mow May at her new home in Shokan with amazing results! Ellie did not refrain from mowing her entire yard choosing instead to mow a few paths and a small play area for her children, leaving the majority of her lawn unmowed. The previous owners had kept an impeccably neat one-acre lawn for 40 plus years, so Ellie was not confident much life would immerge during a one month break in mowing, but she was dead wrong! First, a wide variety of plants started to grow that she had never seen before, then the bees & insects came, and shortly after the insects a variety of birds began to visit. It was a wonderful month of exploration and discovery that her entire family enjoyed.

Based on the diversity of flora and fauna that emerged due to No Mow May, Ellie has designated 3 large patches of her yard that she will continue to leave unmowed through the summer months. These unmowed areas contain native pollinator-friendly plants, and since she does not use pesticides of any kind on her property she qualifies to join the Pollinator Pathway!

Enjoy photos of a selection of the variety of plants that emerged in Ellie's yard during the month of May, some are native, some are non-native, and some are invasive.
Clockwise from top left: Ajuga, Wild Onion, Foxglove, Pussytoes.
Clockwise from top left: Lesser Smoothcap Moss, Haircap Moss, Hickory Tree Bud, Plantain.
Clockwise from top left: Wintercress, Stonecrop, Wild Strawberry, Unidentified mushroom.
Clockwise from top left: Daisies, Sensitive Fern, Poison Ivy, Blackberry.
Clockwise from top left: Clover, Lesser Periwinkle, White Violet, Bluet.
What to do at the end of No Mow May?
Some folks have abstained from mowing and now they’re afraid if they wait much longer the grass will be uncuttable. Some thoughts for them:
Observe what native plants have grown in your lawn before you mow. Maybe native pink asters, blue violets, or ground ivy. If you want to identify them try iNaturalist, an app you can download to your cellphone or website you can find with a browser. Log in, take a photo, and the app/website will try to identify the plant. You can also try the Google Lens app on your phone, or just a good, old-fashioned field guide to wildflowers.
Another thought: don’t mow everywhere. Set aside an unmown patch where natives can flourish through summer into fall. See what insects hang out there.
More information on iNaturalist can be found here
More information on Google Lens can be found here
Show us your gardens! 
We are so excited that so many of you have joined the Pathway, creating habitat for pollinators! We want to encourage others in the community to join to make sure the Pathway project is as successful as possible.  One way to do that is to share beautiful & inspirational photos of the pollinator gardens of those already on the Pathway.

Send your pollinator garden photos to so we can share them in our weekly emails and on our social media channels.

Let's work together to get the community buzzing about creating pollinator habitat!
Coming Soon...
Two more Webinars with Karin Ursula Edmondson

We will be offering two more webinars with Karin Ursula Edmondson in late June and early July.

The first will teach you how to identify what is already growing on your property.

The second will teach you how to analyze your specific site conditions to help guide you in your planting decisions.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
New Website!!!
We have built our own new website, unlinked from the Connecticut effort.  Same great resources with a fresh new look -- and new website address  You will still find a link to the larger Connecticut based Pollinator Pathway Project and all of their resources on our new website.

Let us know how you like this site for info or anything else. Email with your feedback!

Check out our New & Improved Website Here
Community Connections

Free one-hour-long landscape and garden consultation if you make a contribution at the level you choose to the Woodstock Pollinator Pathway Project.  Elizabeth Simonson is a professional gardener and landscape designer, owner of Blue Mountain Gardens, working in the Woodstock area for over 20 years. Her normal hourly rate is$125. Click here for photos of Elizabeth's work.
Contact us if this appeals to you at

Are you a gardener in search of a garden? 
A homeowner on Park Drive off of Maverick Rd in Woodstock has 4 good sized raised gardens which you can use if you like to plant for pollinators or grow your veggies.  There’s a shed available and also a half bath in the house that you can use.  Contact us if this appeals to you at
Why sharing our pathway efforts with your neighbors matters! 

The Woodstock Pollinator Pathway's main goal is to build a "pathway" of closely connected pollinator-friendly habitats, neighborhood by neighborhood.  Many pollinators cannot fly far without access to food and shelter. And our individual yards are part of a larger ecosystem that pollinators need to move around in. A pathway creates connected pollinator-friendly areas in our own and our neighbors' yards. It is vital to our efforts to ask you to speak to your neighbors and encourage them to join this effort.  
In Case You Missed it!

Did you know the Woodstock NY Pollinator Pathway has a YouTube channel! All of our video resources and recorded webinars are now available in one place. Check out our YouTube channel here

Recorded Webinars: Video Resources:
The Map
The map shows the pollinator areas created by people who have joined the Woodstock, NY Pollinator Pathway.  We hope to have pollinator gardens as close together as possible so that pollinators can fly easily from one to another.  So, encourage your neighbors to create pollinator habitat and join the pathway!
When making a donation please make note the donation is for the Pollinator Pathway.
Join the pathway & find resources at our website
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