When you hear the word “pollinator” you may immediately think of honey bees, but did you know that bats, birds, butterflies, moths, ants, flies, native bees, and other types of insects and animals are also very important pollinators?
According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Animal pollinators play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Most plants require the assistance of pollinators to produce seeds and fruit. About 80% of all flowering plants and over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind rely on animal pollinators.
Pollinators visit flowers in search of food, mates, shelter and nest-building materials. The energy that powers pollinator growth, metamorphosis, flight and reproduction comes from sugars in nectar, and the proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals from pollen grains.
The secret bond of the partnership is that neither plant nor pollinator populations can exist in isolation – should one disappear, the other is one generation away from disaster.” There are many choices to be made and actions to be taken to help support our diverse array of pollinators. These include: -planting a large diversity of native wildflowers and plants to provide food and habitat for native pollinators
-provide/maintain diverse nesting sites which may include allowing parts of the yard to go wild
-entirely refrain from using pesticides at home and buy organic and local food when possible
-educating friends, family, and neighbors on the importance of pollinators and why we should boycott harmful practices such as using pesticides
The list goes on, but adopting any of these practices will aid in the survival of these creatures who are so vital to the entire biosphere.
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Image: "Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators"
This poster is made available by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Botanical Gardens, and the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign). Artist: Paul Mirocha ...