Pollinators are responsible for assisting more than 80% of the world’s flowering plants to reproduce, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Without them, humans and wildlife alike wouldn’t have much to see or eat.
Because of this, there has been a resurgence in efforts to preserve and save our pollinators from extinction by creating pollinator habitats and continuing to educate the public on what can be done on even the smallest of scales.
As June 17-23, marks Pollinator Week, here is a collection of articles and podcast to help educate staff on what is impacting pollinator populations, what’s being done and what kind of plants help combat it:
New research shows pollinators respond better in a habitat that contains trees and shrubs for shelter and a multitude of foraging and reproductive resources.
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s statewide effort to create pollinator habitats has resulted in 120 wildflower fields so far.
An estimated 8 million people were involved in registering 1,040,000 gardens with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
The research not only assesses the state of native bees but allows citizens to find ways to support them.
2017 HortScholar Holly VanKeuren describes how pollinators are driving native plants sales and how growers can take advantage of this trend.