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.

Pollinators Spotlights

Pollinator News

Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands

Posted May 19, 2015

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On June 20, 2014, the White House released a “Presidential Memorandum—Creating a Federal Strategy To Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators” (PDF, 52 KB).

With this direction, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Interior, issue this timely and critically needed document, Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices For Federal Lands - DRAFT May 11, 2015 (PDF, 5 MB).

This document will guide federal land managers to effectively and efficiently use available resources and engage public and private partnerships in taking action for the conservation and management of pollinators and pollinator habitat on federal lands.

Read more about the BMPs…

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants

Posted May 4, 2015

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Many of us enjoy the beauty of flowers in our backyard and community gardens. Growing native plants adds important habitat for hummingbirds and otherwildlife—especially pollinators. Even small backyard gardens can make a difference. Gardening connects us to nature and helps us better understand how nature works. This guide will help you create a hummingbird friendly garden.

Read Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants (PDF, 3.5 MB)…

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada

Posted April 22, 2015

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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)…

 

Learn How You Can Use Agroforestry to Help Pollinators

Posted April 14, 2015

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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.

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).