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Pollinators

Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators

Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world's flowering plants to reproduce. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn't have much to eat or look at! Pollinators include animals that assist plants with their reproduction. Wind and water also play a role in the pollination of many plants.

Learn More About Pollinators


Yellow jacket entering a flower.

What is Pollination?

Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma. Read more about pollination…

View of a meadow, stream, and mountains.

Why is Pollination Important?

Pollination is important to virtually all of the world's seed plants, terrestrial ecosystems, and the human race. Read more about it…

Skunk cabbage.

Plant Pollination Strategies

Flowering plants and their pollinator partners exhibit a variety of floral strategies and pollinator adaptations. Read more about plant pollination strategies…

A series of images arranged as a wheel showing various animal pollinators.

Animal Pollination

Animal pollinators play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Read more about animal pollination…

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Logo.

Pollinator Friendly Practices

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) compiled guidelines. Read more about pollinator friendly practices…

A collage of bees and butterflies on flowers.

Gardening for Pollinators

Create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home or workplace. Read more about gardening for pollinators…

Bumble bee foraging on goldenrod, Solidago sp.

Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices

Conservation and management of pollinators and pollinator habitat on federal lands. Read more about pollinator-friendly BMPs…

Monarch butterfly image.

The Monarch Butterfly in North America

One of the most recognized, studied, and loved of all of North America’s insects. Read more about the monarch butterfly…

A cuckoo bumblebee (Psithyrus insularis) searching for pollen and nectar on sneezeweed (Dugaldia hoopsii).

Pollinator of the Month

Pollinator of the Month highlights the interdependency of native North American wildflowers and their animal pollinators. We feature pollinators found on national forests and grasslands.See Pollinator of the Month…

Also see Celebrating Wildflowers News for news about pollinators…