Celebrating Cindy Goulder

It is with great sadness that we learned of Cindy’s recent passing.  And as we sent our deep condolences to her loved ones, family and friends we wanted to share how much Cindy meant to us.  And if you did not get a chance to know her we hope you will visit some of the spaces she influenced and think of her and her wonderful circle of friends.

Read more about her life here: legacy.com

A Celebration of Life is being scheduled for the fall of 2023 in Brooklyn. If you want to be informed about the date and location, email lgoulder864@gmail.com.

Words of Remembrance by NYCPWG Member and iDig2Learn, founder, Christina Delfico

Celebrating Cindy Goulder is easy to do.

Friendly, kind, interested and generous with her vast ecological horticultural knowledge – meeting Cindy made you think, “Why, hadn’t I known her sooner?”.

So many of us have our Cindy stories and felt she was ours alone to enjoy – that’s how she made us feel. 


The real story is that countless people were influenced by her and dozens of parks, private and public space landscapes bear witness to her touch, shaped by a deep understanding of how all living things depend on their natural surroundings. You just wouldn’t know it, she was not the boast-y type.


We met at Plant-o-Rama at Brooklyn Botanical Garden as we walked from the Metro Hort sponsored event between the garden’s library and the visitor’s center to hear, what else, a talk on plants and garden designs. Along the walk small talk about the conference led to sensing she might agree to do a lecture for us, there was a catch though since it was the height of the pandemic we would have to figure out the technology to host it as our first virtual session to an audience, she said sure.


As a member of the NYC Working Pollinator Group, an organization which supports planting for pollinators to restore lost habitat, we were meeting on Zoom. Cindy visually arrived in her home, with a cup of tea surrounded by house plants in a cozy jungle inviting us to think how nice it would be to have a visit with her there.


I recall once going on and on about butterflies and how I had heard a lecture from Don Riepe on his work at the Parks department ages ago creating very neat meadow spaces that mimicked a natural landscape and thought he was impressive.  Cindy leaned in and said he’s my boyfriend in a whisper – of course, that made sense.


Professionally, Cindy Goulder helped in the selection of native plants for the Brooklyn Bridge Park which includes acres of land for the public to enjoy from meadow, to marsh to shoreline and more traditional park space.



Words of remembrance from NYCPWG Members:

“Cindy was amazing. She fought the good fight. She was a big part of why Brooklyn Bridge Park is filled with native plants and advocated strongly for bird window protections. She helped me get supplies for public school gardens. She really left a mark on this city. If there is a movement to commemorate all of her work, I’d love to help support it.” – Rebecca McMackin

“She worked with us in redesigning the native plant garden in Lentol Garden.   A very talented and dedicated person. She will be missed.  My deepest sympathies to Don and her family.”– Mary / Dr. Mary J. Leou

“She was a great participant of the Education and Outreach committee and a gardening champion at Poplar Street Community Garden. She would be happy to know that the beautiful German irises, Stachys and Sedum she gave me from her garden continue to thrive in tree beds on my street (and some on my roof too since I divided them up). I will think of her everytime I see them bloom.” – Jennifer Nitzky

Celebrate Pollinators!

Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Popular events include planting for pollinators, hosting garden tours, participating in online bee and butterfly ID workshops, and so much more.

This Pollinator Week we will be emphasizing the connections between climate and pollinators. Pollinators are dying because their food and homes are disappearing, diseases have increased, and rising temperatures and natural disasters are affecting their ability to survive – all of which are related to climate change. At the same time, the conservation of pollinators and their habitats can help combat climate change by supporting healthy ecosystems, air, soil, water, and plants. Combined, these results make planet earth a safer place for us to live. These are big problems and the efforts that are made around North America and globally during Pollinator Week can help provide real solutions for the pollinators we all love.

Stay Tuned for local #PollinatorWeekevents here.

Video: Bee extinction: Why we’re saving the wrong bees

Think honey bees are disappearing? Or that the more hives we have the better? Think again. Here’s why they’re the bad boys of the bee world, and what we should be focusing on instead. Watch this very informative video by DW Planet A




Learn more about the wild pollinators found in the NYC area on our website in our “Meet NYCs Wild Pollinators” series.


European Honeybee Policy

NYC Pollinator Working Group Honeybee Policy Recommendations

Honeybee Policy Summary

While cities – including NYC – and urbanized areas can provide refuge to pollinators, especially bees, which are under threat in other landscapes, European honeybees (EHBs) can be a threat to them where they share the landscape. For these reasons, the NYCPWG Recommendation for Policy on European Honeybees (“EHB Policy”) calls for improved management and regulation of EHBs in NYC.

NYC provides refuge to wild bees against threats they encounter in other landscapes, consistent with research in cities around the world. While NYC has lost nearly 50 species of wild bees historically known to occur here, our city remains home to over 200 species. Wild bees are keystone pollinators, supporting the biodiversity, health, sustainability, and resilience of the nearly 20,000 acres of natural areas in NYC. NYC’s urban agriculture also depends on the abundance and diversity of our wild bees. Some popular crops are most effectively pollinated by bumble bees or specialist bees. Many others show greater fruit set and higher yield when visited by multiple bee species.

EHBs impact wild bees through multiple direct and indirect interactions, such as competition for floral resources (nectar and pollen), and transmission of parasites and disease organisms. These impacts are observable both through reduced abundance of wild bees relative to EHBs, and reduced biodiversity of wild bees. This disturbs and disrupts pollination networks which sustain native plant populations, threatening efforts to maintain NYC’s biodiversity, such as Parks’ Forever Wild AreasNYC legalized beekeeping in 2010, under regulation by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). NYC Health Code Article 161 requires anyone keeping bees in NYC to register with DOHMH the locations and number of hives, and keep this information current. DOHMH does not restrict the number or locations of hives. DOHMH does not make any of this information publicly available, yet two-thirds of hives in NYC
may be unregistered.

The EHB Policy recommends the DOHMH more effectively manage the number and locations of apiaries and hives, publicly publish this information, prohibit them where they will impact natural areas or other registered hives, and enforce actions against unregistered hives. The Policy also recommends that all city agencies, as appropriate, support urban pollinator research and public education, promote and expand the use of native plants and pollinator habitats, and reduce insecticide use in all public and private green spaces.

NYC Pollinator Working Group’s Formal Recommendations on
European Honeybee Colonies in New York City

To read the full policy document, Click Here


Honeybee Policy Resources

For the full list of resources, Click Here




About the NYC Pollinator Working Group

The New York City Pollinator Working Group (NYCPWG) is a collaborative network of organizations and individuals working to conserve beneficial pollinating insects and the resources they need to survive. Our members work on a variety of projects that support pollinator habitat in public and private spaces, provide educational outreach on pollinator protection, and develop advocacy programs and policies around pollinator conservation.