Iowa Stormwater Education Program

Pollinators

GIVE YOUR RAINSCAPE WINGS!

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at critical point in their own survival. Many reasons contribute to their recent decline. We know for certain, however, that more nectar and pollen sources provided by more flowering plants and trees will help improve their health and numbers. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes will help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country.  (Source:  millionpollinatorgardens.org)

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Butterflies are a popular pollinator - who require "host" plants as they move from one life cycle to the next (caterpillar to butterfly.)  Did you know the caterpillar who becomes a monarch butterfly favors the milkweed family?

Bees are not so popular pollinators - however, without them our food ecosystem would collapse. Blueberries and cherries 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination and almonds, depends entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time!  (Source:  American Beekeeping Association)  Did you know bees have two stomachs - one for eating and one for storing honey?
Butterflies and bees aren't the only pollinators - birds are too.  Hummingbirds are the powerhouse of pollination in the bird nation!  Here is a great guide to attract the elusive hummingbird to your backyard!  Did you know there are 320 species of hummingbirds in the Americas?
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