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.
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
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 Washington orchard
4. NRCS offers more than three-dozen conservation activities that can lead to benefits for pollinators. Learn more.
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
6. Ninety percent of your vitamin C comes from insect-pollinated plants.