Pollinator & Habitat Initiatives
75% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce, including one third of all the food we eat: blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, tomatoes, and so much more! Most of us think of bees when we think of pollinators, but pollinators also include a host of other animals, such as butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, ants, flies, and beetles; there are over 200,000 pollinator species worldwide. In Rosemount, we are lucky to be home to the federally endangered and Minnesota state bee, the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. Additionally, Dakota County is home to 125 rare species of plants and animals listed as of special concern, threatened, or endangered by the State of Minnesota or Federal Government. The City of Rosemount has initiated several pollinator and habitat conservation programs we encourage residents to take part in. A few are listed below.
About No Mow May
May can be a tough time for pollinators. Many, including bees, are emerging from winter hibernation at a time of year when there isn't a lot of food and cover. One way we can help pollinators through this difficult time is to press pause on mowing in May. You may have a few more dandelions, but you'll also have more bees! Studies have shown suspending mowing in May can increase the number and diversity of bees.
The City Council recently enacted a resolution proclaiming No Mow May. In support of No Mow May, the City will be temporarily suspending enforcement of lawn height ordinances for the month of May on occupied residential properties in good standing.
The City asks that residents wishing to participate in NO Mow May do the following:
Get your kids involved in learning about the important work of pollinators. Check out these fun pollinator activity sheets for kids:
- Kids coloring sheet version of the No Mow May yard sign
- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Baily the Bee Coloring Book
- University of Illinois Buzzzy Activity Book
- The Great Sunflower Project Coloring Page for Kids
Find more information on No Mow May at the Bee City USA website.