This week is National Pollinator Week, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of pollinators in our lives. About 75% of all flowering plants depend on bees, hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, wasps, bats, and even mosquitos to carry pollen from male to female plants so we can enjoy things like fruits, veggies, berries, nuts, coffee and chocolate. National Pollinator Week was created to bring awareness to the declining populations of these vital creatures, and to help protect them.
Things you can do to help:
–Watch for pollinators. Get connected with nature. Take a walk, experience the landscape and look for pollinators’ midday in sunny, planted areas.
–Plant for pollinators. Create pollinator-friendly habitat with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes.
–Install ‘houses’ for bats and native bees. For example, use wood blocks with holes or small open patches of mud. As little as 12” across is sufficient for some bees.
–Reduce your impact. Reduce your pesticide use, increase green spaces, and minimize urbanization. Pollution and climate change affect pollinators, too!
Find tons more info and ways you can help by visiting Pollinator.org
Check out our list of Butterfly Nectar and Host plants here
Check out Plants that Attract Hummingbirds here