Why are pollinators important?
U.S. farms and gardens raise over 100 important crops that either need or benefit from native pollinators! The economic impact of these important insects is estimated at over $3 billion/year in the U.S. alone.
Unfortunately, our essential native pollinators are at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.
Discover how you can become part of the solution by enriching your surroundings with native flowering plants and reducing/eliminating the use of pollinator-harmful pesticides. The links below will help you learn more about these important creatures and how you can help them thrive once more.
Knowing who is visiting your garden is important to understanding who is missing.
Plants & Habitat
Learn what our native pollinators need for food, nesting, rearing young, and overwintering.
Pesticides & Pollinators
In addition to habitat loss, pesticide overuse and misuse contribute to a decline in our native pollinators.
Pollinator Pages & Organizations
Bumblebee Links (webpage) – Includes plans for nest boxes, rearing, etc.
Native Bee Links (webpage) – broad range of information on native bees
Pollinators (webpage) – everything pollinator from USDA
Xerces Society (website) – huge selection of publications, resources
(Link update 10/09/2023 Dave Pehling)