Pollinators are suffering from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, the proliferation of invasive plants, disease and parasites. In the past eight years, more than 10 million beehives worldwide have been lost to Colony Collapse Disorder, with a near 44% loss of colonies reported in 2015-16. While the non-native honeybee receives most of the credit for crop pollination, native bees are significant contributors and their populations are declining as well. Many native pollinators are listed as endangered.
Why Does It Matter?
Pollinators are responsible for more than one-third of our food supply and 75% of the world’s agricultural crops. Not only are pollinators a key resource in the success of our food production, they are responsible for the successful continuation and reproduction of countless species of plants around the world. Native plants and native pollinators are inextricably linked, and pollinators are as vital to native plants as the plants are to them.
Aligned with a Healthy Environment
As gardeners we have an opportunity to garden in alignment with a healthy environment, and foster the life of the biotic community with native plants and pollinator-friendly practices.
Read PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS for a list of pollinators favorite natives…