Bee A Friend To Pollinators!
Did you know, 1 out of every 3 bites of food that you eat is because of a pollinator? Pollinators are critical for the success of over 180,000 plants species as well as over 1,200 agricultural crops! They also support healthy ecosystems and benefit a vast array of wildlife. Sadly, many of these benefits are declining as pollinators struggle to maintain their populations.
Research suggests the following:
40% of the American Honey Bee population dies each year!
The Monarch Butterfly has seen an 80% decrease in population in just 20 years!
The Rusty Patched Bumblebee is endangered of becoming extinct!
These populations losses are attributed to large scale habitat degradation, over use of chemical fertilizers/pesticides, and disease.
How can you help?
Habitat is the key!
Grow a garden or plant a flowering tree/shrub in your yard.
Establish native landscapes and natural areas that provide year long pollinator benefits.
Limit the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizer or avoid them entirely.
Help your communities establish pollinator friendly habitat in unused open areas such as around waste water ponds, unused residential/commercial lots, within solar gardens, and in border areas of cemeteries and parks.
The Sibley SWCD would be happy to provide technical assistance for any landowner looking to make a difference! Be sure to review our helpful items below to help you get started with your own pollinator habitat!
The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund's - Seed a Legacy Habitat Program - provides high quality pollinator habitat seed and technical advice to anyone with 2 acres+ available for habitat establishment.