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Pelham Public Library, EcoPel, Westchester Land Trust organize pop-up for pollinator awareness


As the heart of spring approaches, gardens across town will transform from the dull endings of winter into accumulations of new blossoms. With them, pollinators crucial to nature will begin flying past. These small  creatures are mighty.

The Town of Pelham Public Library hosted Saturday a Pollinator Pop-up event for an early celebration of Earth Day in coordination with EcoPel and the Westchester Land Trust. The board members from the latter two organizations set up tables and tents outside the library. This event encouraged community members of all ages to learn about the essential role and impact of pollinators in nature.

The effort sought to “raise awareness about the value of native plants with community members and encourage them to plant native plants,” said EcoPel member Tai Montanarella.

Stationed at one of the stands was a take-and-leave table where community members were free to take home flora and plant them in their gardens.

In the past, EcoPel has led river and town cleanups, plus other events rooted in promoting environmental awareness and action in the community. Recently, the EcoPel team planted 54 native shrubs at Siwanoy Elementary School. The ultimate goal for these events is to provide the community with clean air, clean water and clean soil.

Westchester Land Trust’s mission is “to protect public land for the public good, to foster community outreach and to overall establish harmony between the people of Westchester and the environment they live in,” said Cena Levy a member of the nonprofit. Similar to EcoPel, Westchester Land Trust’s goal is grounded in care for the environment. 

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Claire Landy, Staff Reporter
Claire Landy is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. She enjoys running, creative writing, and studying science as well as Mandarin Chinese. She also volunteers and tutors in her free time. Claire joined the Pelham Examiner in early October of 2023, and is eager to write for the paper!

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    Kathryn AhitowApr 18, 2024 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you Claire for highlighting this Pelham activity. Spring is busy time in town, your informative article brings the activity to life. Thank you.