Why should we care about pollinators?

Pollinators are an essential link in the reproduction of flowering plants and crops. They distribute pollen to different parts of the same plant as well as from one plant to another. Approximately 30 percent of the human diet relies on the pollination process.

Types of pollinators include:

  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
  • Beetles
  • Wasps
  • Bats 

Foods that need bees and other pollinators:

  • Almond
  • Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Cocoa
  • Sunflower
  • Clover
  • Canola
  • Green beans and more

Pollinator populations are declining at alarming rates due to pesticides, parasites, climate change, and a lack of supporting habitats.

How can you help?

  • Decrease pesticide use
  • Grow a garden with plants that bloom at varying times of the year. Many resources are available to guide you in your plant selection. Milkweed, liatris, aster, clover, basswood, and goldenrod are a few of the species that are recommended.
  • Maintain natural areas such as treelines, hedgerows and other natural features to provide additional habitats for pollinators.