Without plant pollinators- an unthinkable world
You probably know roughly that for every 1 out of 3 foods we eat, plant pollinators perform an important (if not essential) service enabling these crops to grow. At the same time, honeybees and other plant pollinators are under fierce attack from a variety of environmental impacts, including from climate change, pesticide exposure, varroa mites and loss of habitat.
Do you hear that buzzing in your ear?
Calling all backyard gardeners. Yes, we can all help reduce the stressors placed on our eco-champions. In addition to using less pesticide products, you can also add pollinator plants to your garden.
Check out this great pollinator resource to help pinpoint what to grow in your particular region in the U.S.: Ecoregional Planting Guides. It’s easy to find the guide for your particular area by simply entering your zip code information at the top of the page. There’s also 2 guides that cover portions of Canada, as well.
Here are some additional resources about pollinators from this same site:
- The Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener (for tablet and mobile devices)
- Garden Guide for Pollinators (pdf)
- Fast Facts for the General Public (pdf)
- Fast Facts for Gardeners
- Explore and learn all about pollinators