Pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystem and are responsible for pollinating approximately 75% of all flowering plants. This includes plants that produce the fruits, vegetables, and nuts that make up a large portion of our diet. Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats, transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant and allowing it to produce fruit or seeds. In addition to providing us with food, pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems by enabling plants to reproduce and supporting the biodiversity of plant and animal species. However, pollinators are facing numerous threats, including habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change, which makes it even more important to protect and preserve them.

A butterfly, bumble bee, and hummingbird pollinating plants.
Creating pollinator-friendly habitats is an essential step to support our pollinators. Planting native plants is one of the best ways to ensure that they habitat you create will support the local pollinators. Native plants are adapted to the local climate, soils, and other conditions. In addition, they also provide the right types of nectar, pollen, and habitats that pollinators need to survive and thrive. Here some more tips for creating pollinator-friendly habitats and protecting pollinators:

1. Use alternative pest management practices instead of relying on pesticides. This could include using physical barriers, removing pest habitats, and introducing natural predators. 
2. Plant native flowering plants that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season.
3. Create nesting sites for solitary bees by leaving patches of bare ground or providing nesting boxes.
4. Leave dead plant material in the garden to provide nesting and overwintering sites for beneficial insects.
5. Avoid using harmful pesticides and herbicides on your garden or lawn. 

Pollinator Resources

Check out these resources on building, maintaining, and protecting pollinator habitats.