Native pollinator populations throughout the world have been experiencing critical threats to their survival with issues ranging from food insecurity to habitat loss. Considering the critical role pollinators play in our surrounding ecosystem, CSU has made a commitment to make our campus more welcoming to these essential creatures.

The Fall 2017 addition of the Clark A Pollinator Bed kicked off an agenda here at CSU to create more intentional spaces on campus, designed to support pollinators by providing consistent food sources and safe spaces for nesting. The flowerbed provides pollinator-attracting plants such as catmint, agastache blue boa, lavender, primrose, spirea, and beebalm. Along with flowers, it supports signage to educate the campus community about pollinators.

We have intentionally designed the following campus locations
with consideration for pollinators:

Clark A Pollinator Bed
Weed Research Pollinator Beds
Computer Science Memorial Garden
Rec Center Patio
Foothills Campus (various locations)
Clark C Wing Renovation (completion date TBD)

Source Story CSU starts initiative to bee friendly to pollinators

Pollinator Garden with bee hotels at Clark, facing east

Pollinator Tip of the Month – November

Hold up on the clean up! Nesting materials for native bees can include materials such as dead and decaying wood, hollow piths of stems, exposed soil, and other natural materials. Holding off on garden clean up can be an easy way to help support your native pollinators. Reschedule the pruning and removal of this year’s plant materials until next mid to late spring. Mulching protects plants, but too much mulch can cover underground nests and make it almost impossible for pollinators to remerge in the spring. If mulch is a must, use a very light layer, and concentrate the mulch around the base of your plants. This will help provide winter protection for plant material while retaining open soil spaces for pollinators that nest in underground chambers.

Yellow button shaped flowers called Kannah Creek Buckwheat, located in pollinator garden on CSU's main campus
Bee buried in the blossom of a pikes peak purple penstemon.
Photo of a Blanket Flower Gaillardia, a flower with red and yellow petals, located in the pollinator garden on CSU's main campus.