Plant Flowers to Save Pollinators – 2017

Replanting native milkweeds and other native plants supports important pollinators and restores natural habitat in Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite is a refuge for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, which play an essential role in healthy ecosystems but are experiencing worldwide declines due to habitat loss. Even in the park’s protected landscape, many pollinator-friendly plants are losing ground to invasive grasses, meadow fragmentation and other factors.

This year, building on the success of a 2016 donor-funded project, crews will continue working to reverse that trend. Volunteers, interns and youth groups will work with park staff to remove non-native invasive plants from meadows around Yosemite Valley. They will then restore the meadows with pollinator-friendly native plants, such as milkweed and lupine. This project will provide a significant benefit to diverse pollinators while restoring the priceless beauty of the Valley’s wildflower meadows for all to enjoy.

Your gift will help visitors and volunteers develop meaningful connections with the natural world while working to save Yosemite’s native pollinators.

Want to see this project in action? Check out the Yosemite Nature Notes video: Monarchs and Milkweed.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and Student Conservation Association.

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Project Notes
Replanting native milkweeds and other native plants supports important pollinators, such as this monarch butterfly caterpillar, and restores natural habitat in Yosemite Valley.

The monarch butterfly population has decreased 80% from the 20 year average, mostly from the loss of its host plant, the milkweed. Monarch butterflies, once one of the most prolific and renowned international migratory animals, is now a candidate for the Endangered Species Act. Yosemite, as a protected landscape, is a refuge to native pollinators.

Garrett Dickman
Resource Management and Science
Yosemite National Park