Pollinator Improvement Project
To increase the pollinator population on Bainbridge Island by reducing or eliminating the use of harmful insecticides and pesticides, increasing habitat by creating access to green space within the built environment, and by increasing public awareness about the importance of pollinators and environmental threats they currently face.
- Partner with other government agencies on Bainbridge Island to reduce the application of neonicotinoids on Bainbridge Island public property, to be codified by resolution prior to Pollinator Awareness Week 2016; encourage the use of organic and/or non-chemical weed and pest control on private property through public outreach and education campaigns. Public outreach and educational campaigns will include:
- Dedicated page on the City website for pollinators
- Informational handouts for distribution at City and downtown locations
- Collaborate with PHC ASANI INC (ASANI) and Commodore Options School to engage students in different grade levels in pollinator discovery project called the Bee’s Eye View, culminating with middle school students presenting their findings to City Council prior to Pollinator Awareness Week 2016 (Bee’s Eye View Project Scope)
- Initiate a pollinator-themed art competition; display art in downtown business windows;
- Utilize art from competition in wayfinding displays associated with pollinator corridor (discussed below)
2. Increase the natural habitat of pollinators on Bainbridge Island, by
- Incorporating requirements for pollinator friendly plants into the Landscape Chapter of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code
- Connecting greenspaces on the island by integrating pollinator friendly plants into the built environment, specifically within the downtown corridor
- Creating a pollinator-friendly corridor through Waterfront Park, running north the length of Madison Avenue from the intersection of Bjune Dr SE to the intersection of SR-305 by collaborating with the Islands government agencies, and
- Encouraging public participation through the use of pollinator patches, which could be mapped, and used to connect greenspace through private property
3. Increase public awareness on the critical importance of pollinators on a broad scale by exposing and educating
tourists and other visitors
4. Encourage neighboring jurisdictions to create/expand pollinator friendly habitat; create a program implementation
template for other jurisdictions to use
5. Promote urban/backyard bee keeping practices on Bainbridge Island
6. Increase tourism to the Island by marketing/highlighting the pollinator corridor and the project; create brochure
similar to the waterfront trail flyer, highlighting the corridor and points of interest along the way. Partner locations
could be included on the map, highlighted as a point of interest – depending on how they link into the project plan.
Learn all about the Pollinator Improvement Projectin this podcast from our friends at Bainbridge Community Broadcasting.
Pollinator Improvement Project Partners:
Bainbridge Island School District
Bainbridge Island Fire Department
Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District
Kitsap Conservation District
Kitsap Regional Library – Bainbridge Island Library
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting
Bay Hay and Feed
Fischer Bouma Partnership
Friends of the Farms
Interested in being a partner? Contact Amber Richards, email@example.com.