How Can You Help?!
Our Bees and other insect pollinators are facing many environmental challenges. These include habitat loss, degradation, fragmentation, as well as competition from non-native species, diseases, pollution, and climate change. Most pollinator habitats have been lost to agriculture, and urban and suburban development. Pesticides are a major threat, especially ones with chemicals that remain in the environment for a long time before degrading.
You can help by planting a pollinator garden!
The biggest need pollinating species have is that they require a diverse source of nectar and pollen throughout the growing season. When planting your own pollinator garden you want to plant in clumps to better attract the pollinators. It is important to choose plants with a variety of colors that also flower at different time of the year. Finally, try to plant native plants when possible, these native plants will attract more native pollinators and will serve as larval host plants, therefore bringing even more pollinators to the area. To find pollinator plants that are native to your area check out the NAPPC’s Ecoregional Planting Guides http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm