[By Ann Hall, Environmental Education Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org]
Celebrate the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles during National Pollinator Week , June 18-24, 2018.
When pollen is moved within a flower or carried from one flower of another of the same species, it leads to fertilization, a vital step to reproduce flowers, fruit and plants. The vast majority of all flowering plants depend on insects and animals to move pollen from plant to plant. More than 99% of pollinators are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and bees.
Pollinators are in decline. Populations of honeybees, native bees and many butterflies have become much smaller in recent years. Research has shown that this decline is partially due to the increased use of pesticides and the reduction of many native flowering plants. The work of pollinators is crucial to maintaining full harvests of crops and the general health of plants everywhere.
For information on what to plant in your own yard or garden and how to get involved with The Woodlands Township’s goal to become a National Wildlife Federation Monarch Champion City access the PolliNatives Project Page