This week we celebrate how intensely vital pollinators are to our ecosystem, while hoping to raise awareness of the substantial pollinator declines across North America.
DID YOU KNOW....
More than two-thirds of crop species - crops that produce fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts, seeds, and livestock forage - depend on pollinators.” (http://www.xerces.org) More likely than not, 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is thanks to a pollinators species! Keeping this fact in mind, we need to recognize that the use of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, GMO's) and a loss of habitat has significantly decreased pollinator populations. These popular pollinators including bees, bats, wasps, butterflies, flies, hummingbirds and others are in danger.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Here are 3 ideas and 3 plant suggestions from Intreegue: 1. Provide a range of flowering natives plants - seasonal bloom range/provide food/forage/nesting 2. Create nest sites 3. Avoid Using Pesticides, in example, the relatively new class of insectisides, Neonicotoids, are deadly systemic GMO's
3 Key plant suggestions: Amelanchier - an early blooming understory tree that helps start the nectar flow for our pollinators, in particular, bees. Baptisia - a great perennial with Spring bloom times, a favorite of bees. Sedum – a long-time blooming perennial late into summer, it is a favorite amongst bumblebees, wasps, butterflies and flies. Groundcover and border-style growth types make this plant an easy addition to any pollinator garden.
If you would like any assistance with pollinator garden design or more information on beekeeping please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org You can also join the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association to remain up to date on the current buzz near you. Please visit The Xerces Society for more updates on National Pollinator Week.