Ways to help pollinators flourish
You may already be aware that pollinators are important to everyone on the planet. But did you know that one in every three bites of food is made possible by native pollinators?
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and flies transfer pollen between flowers and other plants, helping them grow and produce the fruit and vegetables we all eat.
Here are some simple things you can do to help pollinators thrive.
Kids find pollinators fascinating, and there’s a lot to learn about what they do for our ecosystem.
• Visit The Nature Conservancy website (nature. org/en-us) as a starting point to discover more about how pollinators work.
• Check out other websites, books or local outdoor gardens to explore native plants and pollinators that live in your area.
• Make a list, map and/or photo project to describe what kinds of pollinators help which plants grow in your region.
• Seek out resources to learn more about different types of pollinators and the threats they face.
Once you’ve identified regional plants, flowers and shrubs that pollinators love, decide which ones to add to your outdoor space.
• Involve the whole family in growing a variety of pollinator-friendly plants outside your home.
• Avoid using pesticides in your yard or garden, and learn which ones are least likely to affect bees and pollinators.
• If you have limited outdoor space, use a small raised garden bed or a planter on your deck, balcony or patio.
• Set up a pollinator window box.
Collect supplies, like pieces of wood, and involve your kids in making a small project to help sustain pollinator communities in your own backyard.
• Build a bee or insect house to attract pollinators and give them shelter.
• Create a fresh water feature like a pond or bird bath that pollinators can use for drinking.
An easy way to spread awareness about pollinators is to create a conversation about them on social media.
• Post pictures of your pollinator projects or gardens to inspire others to join your efforts. Visit beyondpetfood.com/projectblossom to learn more for much-needed pollinators.