What are pollinators and why are they important?

What are pollinators and why are they important?

What are pollinators? 

Some plants are self-pollinating, while others can be fertilized by pollen carried by wind or water. Most plants need help! A pollinator can be a bee, wasp, beetle, ant, butterfly, moth, or hummingbird. These creatures provide an important service for all flowering plants that is essential for healthy ecosystems. Pollinators carry pollen between flowers or between plants, leading to fertilization and seed and fruit production.  

Why are pollinators important?

Without pollinators, many of our foods, especially seeds, fruits and vegetables, plants we use for fibers, herbs and medicines wouldn’t be possible. They also support food and habitat for wildlife.

Increased awareness and education will help combat years of recording a decline in pollinators. Many areas are finally starting to report an increase in bee colonies. Monarch butterflies, which have been at historic low numbers are seeing higher numbers although still down in number from the 1980’s- and early 90’s. 

Everyone can help by planting natives and pollinator friendly flowers!  Even one pot of zinnias on your patio is beneficial, and pollinator gardens can be low maintenance and beautiful!

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