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How much do you know about pollinators?

How much do you know about pollinators? How farmers can help pollinators. How gardeners can help pollinators.
How NRCS is helping pollinators. More information on pollinators.
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The produce section of grocery stores would be rather empty without the hard work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators. More than 80 percent of the world’s plants need pollinators to survive, including many that provide the food we eat. But today, many pollinators are in trouble. That’s why NRCS works with private landowners to create habitat for pollinators on farms,  ranches and in forests. 

That’s why NRCS works with private landowners to create habitat for pollinators on farms and ranches and in forests.

 

1. The most common avian pollinator is a hummingbird.

A hummingbird feeder attracts hummingbirds to a backyard in Story County, Iowa.

Hummingbird feeder attracts hummingbirds to a backyard in Story County, Iowa

2. The U.S. is home to 4,000 species of native bees.

Native bee pollinating flower in Brandon, Mississippi.

Native bee pollinating flower in Brandon, Mississippi

3. Pollinators’ ecological service is valued at $200 billion each year in America.

Ripe apples picked and on their way to be bagged at a South-central Washington orchard.

Ripe apples picked and on their way to be bagged at a Washington orchard

4. NRCS offers more than three-dozen conservation activities that can lead to benefits for pollinators. Learn more.

This hillside in northern California is covered by wildflowers.

Wildflower-covered hillside in northern California provides habitat for birds, bees, beneficial bugs and other wildlife

5. The southeastern blueberry bee visits about 50,000 blueberry flowers in a lifetime, leading to 6,000 ripe blueberries.

Picking ripe blueberries in Grand Bay, Alabama.

Picking ripe blueberries in Grand Bay, Alabama

6. Ninety percent of your vitamin C comes from insect-pollinated plants.

Irrigated grapefruit orchard in Yuma, Az.

Irrigated grapefruit orchard in Yuma, Az

7. Honey bees communicate by dancing. Learn more.

Honeybees on a farm in Grand Bay, Alabama.

Honeybees on a farm in Grand Bay, Alabama

8. Some flowers hold static charges until visited. Bumblebees, sensing static electricity, know which flowers to visit. Learn how.

Bumblebee pollinating a purple coneflower in Iowa.

Bumblebee pollinating a purple coneflower in Iowa

9. NRCS partnered with producers in 2012 to create 101,000 acres of field borders, 88,000 feet of hedgerows & 3,000 acres of conservation cover, making lots of great homes for pollinators. 

Iowa farm with contour buffer strips, field borders, grassed waterways that help support native poll

Dale and Lynn Holifield operate a 450-acre farm in Jasper County, Miss. where they raise honey bees, quail, produce and timber. Read the full story.

10. You can help pollinators, no matter if you live in the city or on a farm. It’s easy - find out how

Backyard garden with a water source for pollinators in Kentucky.

Backyard garden with water source for pollinators in Kentucky

 

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