You may or may not be aware of the decline in pollinators. Pollinators are animals that causes plants to reproduce by moving pollen from one part of the flower of a plant to another part. Pollinators are an essential part of biodiversity.
Conservationist have become concerned that the decline and possible disappearance of Pollinators will severely damage the genetic diversity we’ve always knowns. Pollinators ensure cross-pollination creating species that would otherwise cease to exist. There are some 300,000 species of flowering plants. Species that are the primary food sources for other animals in the ecosystem.
The decline in Honey Bee’s has gotten the most visibility however there are many different animals and insects that are pollinators. Butterflies, some birds, bats and beetles are also pollinators.
We have already changed our plant palette to better reflect the new understanding of how the environment works and the interplay of the plants and pollinators. But there is step further you can take and that’s to install a pollinator garden. They are specifically designed to attract certain kinds of pollinators, from birds to butterflies; you can have them all in your garden. There are 8 different planting combinations and you can mix and match. Ideally you would want 150 square feet but it doesn’t have to be contiguous.
Also planting Milkweed and Joe Pye Weed anywhere you can. These are huge butterfly attractors. Some varieties are pretty and fit into the broader landscape and some might have to be hidden behind the garage. But everyone has at least some room of their property for these plants.
Not everyone is an environmental activist but everyone can aid in preserving Pollination.