Pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies, and other insects are critical to North Carolina’s biological diversity and agricultural economy. Our native pollinators face numerous threats including loss of native plant habitat that provides vital nectar and pollen resources.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is working to help protect these habitats through the statewide program the Butterfly Highway. The goal of the Butterfly Highway is to bring together a coalition of public and private land owners committed to protecting and conserving habitat for pollinators and wildlife across North Carolina. Over 2,200 sites have been registered including backyard gardens, parks, utility right of ways, and solar farms.

The Botanical Gardens of Asheville will host a talk on Sunday, June 23 from 2-4 p.m. to highlight some of the Butterfly Highway projects across the state and how to bring the Butterfly Highway to your own backyard and community.

For more information or to register your pollinator pit stop visit: www.butterflyhighway.org

The class is free and will be held at the gardens, located at 151 W T. Weaver Blvd in Asheville. Participants must still pre-register for classes by calling the Gardens at 828-252-5190.

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