USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service:
Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Most fruit, vegetable and seed crops and other plants that provide fiber, medicines, and fuel, are pollinated by animals. A world without pollinators would be a world without apples, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate, almonds, melons, peaches or pumpkins.
Pollinators are in trouble!
Bees, bats and other animal pollinators face many challenges in the modern world. Habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminates have all contributed to the decline of many species of pollinators.
How You Can Help
- Use pollinator-friendly plants in your landscape. Shrubs and trees such as dogwood, blueberry, cherry, plum, and willow provide pollen or nectar in early spring when food is scarce.
- Choose a mixture of plants for spring, summer and fall. Different flower colors, shapes and scents will attract a wide variety of pollinators.
- Reduce or eliminate pesticide use in your landscape or incorporate plants that attract beneficial insects for pest control.
- Accept some plant damage on plants meant to provide habitat for butterfly and moth larvae
- Provide clean water for pollinators with a shallow dish, bowl or birdbath with half -submerged stones for perches
- leave dead tree trunks in your landscape for wood-nesting bees and beetles.
Did you Know the honey bee alone contributes to the production of many billions of dollars worth of crops in America every year!!