Native Pollinators

by Lorraine on December 5, 2008

Here is the next section of Casy’s article regarding the importance of bees and other insects that help to pollinate plants to be able to grow, produce and thrive.



Seventy-five percent of the plants in the world need or are assisted by pollination to reproduce, including alfalfa, almonds, apples, avocados, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pears, plums, squash, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, and watermelons.  Without pollination, the fruit and the seed in many plants do not develop properly.  Crops produce lower yields or nothing at all, and wild plants are not able to start the next generation.  Additionally, insect pollinators are often the base of the food web for other native wildlife, primarily birds.  If pollinators were to disappear, there would be havoc in the food supply and the natural world. 


As with the honeybees, many of our native pollinators are at risk.  The primary threats include habitat loss and mortality from pesticides.  But the good news is that there are simple ways to enhance habitat for pollinators on your property.  From natural habitat restoration, to a native plant hedgerow, to even a few native plants in your yard, to artificial nesting structures, there is something everyone can do.


Casey Burns

Biologist USDA


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