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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Take the Pollinator Pockets Survey

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Did you know that 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat depends on pollinators like bees and butterflies?  

In 2020, Manhattan Parks and Recreation began an initiative to restore several areas within the City to their native habitat. The initiative, called Pollinator Pockets, was introduced to the community in June during National Pollinator Week. The goal is to restore, increase, and protect pollinator habitats while decreasing landscape maintenance time and cost. Replacing lawn with native Kansas flowers and grasses reduces the need for regular mowing and drastically reduces fertilizer and pesticide usage. These pockets also absorb stormwater runoff and help control erosion.

Manhattan Parks & Recreation is asking for less than two minutes of your time for a brief survey. The survey link and more information on the project can be found online at Data from this survey will be used to guide future conservation efforts and development.  

If you have any questions, please contact Alfonso Leyva, Park Planner, via email at

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