Pollinators in Columbia Heights Need Your Help

Thriving to be a sustainable city, Columbia Heights, MN is concerned about endangered pollinators in our ecosystem. In March of 2021, Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula took the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge to help restore this critical species.

Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds are essential to our food chain. Without them, our crops can’t reproduce or diversify. Chemicals used in industrial agriculture have triggered bee colony collapse disorder. Housing, urban sprawl, and climate change are continually destroying critical pollinator habitats. As a result, we’ve threatened our own food supply.

Mayors and other heads of local and tribal government are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose eastern populations have declined by 90% and western populations by 99% in recent years. Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.

A gardener stands by a rain barrel painted with pollinators and garden gnomes.
HeightsNEXT maintains the Lion’s Garden on 37th and Stinson, and provided this rain barrel.

And you can help pollinators, too!

Dozens joined the Mayor in an online discussion on Saturday February 27 at 1pm CST. She is working together with homeowners and community gardeners to create a plan for selecting and completing three tasks that will fulfill the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge in 2021.

Gardeners at the Blooming Sunshine food forest in Columbia Heights, MN build habitats for pollinators and grow food gardens for public consumption.
Gardeners at the Blooming Sunshine food forest in Columbia Heights, MN

If you’re interested in helping with any of our community Green-Up projects, HeightsNEXT has plenty of volunteer opportunities for people of all skill-levels and availabilities. From our community street clean ups, to our birdscaping clinics, to our annual garden tour, to our popular Blooming Sunshine Food Forest, we have something for just about everybody. Join us!