Meet nature’s pollinators

By Brandie Piper

Published June 29, 2015 on

This is the third article in a series on the importance of bees and pollinators to agriculture and food production. The first article in the series focused on the start of pollinator events in the United States and how they work, while the second focused on the importance of bees in farming.

Animals pollinate about 75 percent of flowering plants, and they help to produce about one-third of all foods and beverages consumed by humans. There are approximately 200,000 species of pollinators, including honey bees, butterflies, bats, and beetles, and it’s important to help maintain the health of these animals.

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign encourages you to plant habitats in your yard that are welcoming to pollinators, with plenty of nectar, pollen and habitat. They also encourage you to engage in the pollination conversation with neighbors, friends, and schools.

Here’s a look at some popular pollinators and the plants they target… [continue reading]

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