How much do you know about pollinators?
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
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.
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
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
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
7. Honey bees communicate by dancing. Learn
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
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.
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
Backyard garden with water source for pollinators in Kentucky
Help us get the word out on these crucial critters!