What’s the Buzz on Animal Pollinators?

When you stop and think about how seamlessly nature functions, you can’t help but feel awe. The ecosystem has a delicate balance; each part works together for the good of the whole. Pollinators are one crucial part of a healthy ecosystem. Unfortunately, pollinator health and habitats are in danger. Learn about the importance of animal pollination, getting involved in pollinator gardening, and how to protect pollinators for National Pollinator Week, June 15-21, 2015.

Pollinators in Peril

bat hanging from treeBees, beetles, birds, bats and butterflies provide the primary pollination for thousands of species of plants we couldn’t live without. Over 75% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals. These plants provide us with food, clothing, medicine, and beauty (not to mention chocolate!). But pollinators are in danger. In the last 10 years, the managed honeybee population in the U.S. had declined over 50%. Pollinators, especially bees, face disease, pests, deaths from chemical pesticides, and loss of habitat.

So how can you help?

Get Involved in Pollinator Week

  • Learn more about why we need pollinators and how to protect pollinator populations
  • Unlearn false facts about pollinators (honeybees don’t sting unless provoked!)
  • Educate those in your community about animal pollination
  • Plant a pollinator garden with native plants that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators
  • Add a bee block or bat house to your garden
  • Think twice before using chemical pesticides that may also harm beneficial bugs

Want to learn which trees and shrubs attract pollinators? Call 3am Growers in Tallassee, AL.

Bat Image from Flickr