Make Way for Pollinators

Animal pollinators, including birds, bees, bats, beetles, and butterflies, are vital for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of all crops grown for human consumption.

Pollinators are keystone species; this means that many other species of plants and animals rely on creatures for their own survival. Humans are part of this pollinator-dependent group—for instance, some of the foods grown in the United States such as alfalfa, apples, blueberries, and strawberries rely on honey bees and native bees for pollination. When these animal pollinator populations are healthy, it can lead to larger fruit and better quality yield from plants, increasing agricultural production and improving the food source for many other wildlife species.

Help foster healthy pollinators by installing native plants in your yard and garden! Local pollinators have evolved side-by-side with native plants, which are best adapted to your region’s climate, growing season, and soils. Check out this pollinator activity guide for advice on how to choose the best plants for your area, as well as what types of plants to choose for specific pollinators. For instance, did you know that bats prefer flowers that bloom at night, while bees have a preference for yellow and blue blooms? You can mix and match your plantings to attract different pollinators all season long. Happy gardening!