In early 2023, a team of community volunteers came together, including members of the Arivaca Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB), to create a linked pathway of habitat gardens for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators in the small village of Arivaca, AZ. In addition to growing pollinator gardens, this project is growing local knowledge on how to provide good habitat for pollinators through its educational signage, brochures, free. classes, a mural, and more.
We are very grateful to the Endangered Species Coalition for providing project funding through their Pollinator Partners Program, and to the TAB teens who have raised funds through making nature crafts! This has enabled the volunteer team to build raised-bed gardens filled with native flowering shrubs and perennials at five local businesses this year and to add more native perennials to the library and dancehall gardens, which were all instantly visited by multiple species of pollinators.
In late summer, the Endangered Species Coalition, ESA@50, and the Arivaca Dancehall funded the creation of a beautiful mural to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. The mural wraps around a building in the middle of the dancehall’s pollinator garden and depicts bats, butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other desert wildlife in their natural habitat.
Plans are to build at least two more pollinator gardens on main street in the coming year, along with several large pollinator beds inside the town’s new public park. Who knows how far this pollinator pathway will lead!
We are so grateful to the Endangered Species Coalition, ESA@50, and the Arivaca community for supporting this project. For more information, photos, and lists of the pollinator plants that thrive in this high-elevation desert region, visit the Arivaca Pollinator Pathway website.