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Alley Yerger of Scottsdale, Arizona

Alley Yerger of Scottsdale, Arizona, is a Xerces member working to engage her local community in pollinator protection. Alley has been working with the nonprofit Scottsdale Leadership to revitalize Pride Park, a neighborhood pocket park. In a genuine community effort, Alley reported that they collaborated with another organization called Keep Scottsdale Beautiful to design and install the park, with pollinator habitat as a front and central theme. They aim to “enhance the quality of life for neighborhood residents while attracting pollinators like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.” 

The beautiful new park boasts six new trees and over 60 new pollinator-friendly plants suited for the desert landscape. Some of these plants include desert milkweed (Asclepias subulata), prickly pear (Opuntia spp.), desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata), and scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea). Xerces was happy to donate both English and Spanish pollinator habitat signs to be displayed in the park's “pollinator palaces.” Local artist Laura Thurbon was recruited to add a pollinator theme mural at the park. Together, these community members have succeeded in creating an urban oasis that will be an asset for the neighborhood and all of its inhabitants for years to come.

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