Protect the pollinators in your neighborhood
There are more than 100,000 species of pollinators worldwide. Most pollinators are insects (e.g., bees, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles), but some mammals (e.g., hummingbirds, bats) and other vertebrate species can also act as pollinators.
Pollinators move pollen from male to female flower structures resulting in plant fertilization. Fertilization allows plants to create the seeds that give rise to the next generation of plants as well as the fruits or nutshells that surround these seeds.
Animal-mediated pollination contributes to 1 in every 3 bites of human food and pollinator activity is essential to sustaining healthy ecosystems on every continent except Antarctica. Troublingly, pollinator population sizes and species numbers are declining worldwide due to converging threats.
Fortunately, there are many things YOU can do to help alleviate the stressors faced by pollinators. Read on to learn about the threats that pollinators face and the solutions to sustaining their vital populations.