WE LOVE POLLINATORS!
With the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes thrive. Pollinators need you. You need pollinators. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.
You are a Pollinator, too! In greenhouses where bees and their friends don’t have access to plants, people act as the pollinators in order for our fruits, vegetables, and flowers to grow. They use paintbrushes and other tools to pollinate each plant separately!
Pollinating animals travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants – the very plants that
- bring us countless fruits, vegetables, and nuts,
- ½ of the world’s oils, fibers and raw materials;
- prevent soil erosion,
- and increase carbon sequestration