Pollinators

Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators
A night and day scene displaying various pollinators and their plant interactions.
© Paul Mirocha 2004

Wasp Pollination Bee Pollination Bat Pollination Moth Pollination Unusual Pollination Beetle Pollination Butterfly Pollination Bird Pollination

Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world's flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn't have much to eat or look at! Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, as well as other unusual animals. Wind and water also play a role in the pollination of many plants.

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada

Posted April 22, 2015

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada cover.

We live in an inter-connected and inter-dependent world. A seed planted into soil, watered by rain and last winter’s snow and warmed by sunshine grows into a plant that produces many more seeds that are processed and baked into bread. This booklet tells the story of one of these threads, a surprisingly important one—pollinators and their connection to agriculture.

Read Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada (PDF)…

New Steps to Protect Pollinators, Critical Contributors to Our Nation’s Economy

Posted July 9, 2014

President Obama issued a memorandum (PDF, 52 KB) directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.

Read more in the news release (PDF, 50 KB) and see the related Pollinator Fact Sheet (PDF, 232 KB).

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Hummingbird in flight.

Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

Read more about and see the talk and images from Louie Schwartzberg's "Wings of Life" on the TED website…

Pollinators Spotlights

Pollinator News

Learn How You Can Use Agroforestry to Help Pollinators

Posted April 14, 2015

Cover of issue.

The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets on the National Agroforestry Center website. This issue of Agroforestry Center's Inside Agroforestry highlights ways that agroforestry has supported pollinator conservation and management as well as efforts that have also served to educate the public.

Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies: A Strategic Framework

Posted March 18, 2015

Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies cover.

The Forest Service issues this timely and critically needed document, Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies: A Strategic Framework (PDF, 8.8 MB). This framework will guide the Forest Service to effectively and efficiently use available resources and engage public and private partnerships in taking action for the conservation of the monarch butterfly.

Monarch Butterflies Brochures

Posted March 18, 2015

Monarchs and Milkweeds. Monarch butterfly adult and larvae.

During spring and summer, monarchs breed throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. In the fall, adults of an eastern population migrate to Mexico, flying up to 3,000 miles. The following spring, these butteries leave their overwintering sites and fly northward to lay their eggs on milkweeds and a few other plants in the dogbane family. In Florida, some non-migratory individuals remain and breed year-round.