What You Can Do to Protect Pollinators
Pollination occurs in habitats that support and provide for both the pollinator and the plants that they pollinate. Any piece of land from a small urban backyard to large tracks f wilderness can contribute to the mosaic of habitats. Whatever the area of land under your care, there are several easy things you can do to help protect pollinators and sustain pollination services.
One of the easiest (and most rewarding) ways to provide suitable habitat for pollinators is to plant a wide variety of locally native flowering plants in your garden. Beyond your own backyard, you'll find many other places where pollinator habitats can be restored or protected. Through community or school gardening programs, you can encourage the planting of native flowers in local spaces such as parks, playgrounds, roadways, golf courses, and around public buildings.
To learn more about the native flowering plants in your community, contact:
For useful information on how to improve pollinator and other wildlife habitats in your yard and community, contact:
A key to developing a successful pollinator habitat is to provide food, water, and shelter, and most importantly a place for pollinators to lay their eggs. Whether in your garden or a local greenspace, you can complement your pollinator-friendly garden with caterpillar host plants for butterflies, nesting blocks for solitary bees, or bird and bat houses. For more information about how to build shelters, contact:
Pesticides for use on lawns, flowers, or indoors are found in most homes. Yet, there are many ways to ward off unwanted insects without endangering pollinators. To learn more, contact:
Reward sound environmental efforts by supporting local, national, and international farms that use less-damaging agricultural methods. Shop at one of our local farmers markets, join a Community Supported Agriculture program, or buy organic products. For more information and to locate environmentally sound producers and products, link to:
Adapted from the Ecological Society of America, Communicating Ecosystem Services Pollination Toolkit.