Irvine Ranch Conservancy works consistently to protect and restore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. IRC grows more than 50 native plant species on the Native Seed Farm in Irvine, attracting a variety of local pollinators. We use the seed grown at the Native Seed Farm for restoration projects across the Landmarks, where pollinators play their role to help these native species thrive in the wild. Even with the hard work of IRC staff and volunteers, local pollinators can still use your help to keep our native wildlands thriving.
- Grow your garden with plants that flower during spring and fall, supplying pollinators with nectar, pollen, and protection.
- Plant native species such as California buckwheat, milkweed, California poppy, and sunflowers to help sustain local pollinators. You can also plant crops like tomatoes and squash.
- Avoid using pesticides. If you must use them, choose the least toxic and follow label directions carefully.
Pollination is essential for sustaining a functioning ecosystem, but some pollinators, such as bees, are in decline. Planting a few native species in your garden will not only help support local pollinators but will also add some beautiful blooms to your landscape!
More information about local plant and wildflower species can be found in the free Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks field guides on LetsGoOutside.org. For more information about National Pollinator Week, visit Pollinator.org.