National Pollinator Week!
Living in Nebraska we see our fair share of birds, bees and butterflies in their natural element. And while we may be relaxing on our patio enjoying the beautiful colors of the Monarch Butterfly, what we don't see is how hard these creatures are working to sustain our ecosystem. Pollinators are responsible for "one out of every three bites of food." They also help support clean air, prevent soil erosion and protect us from dangerous weather!
Pollination happens when pollen moves from one flower to the next. It can happen with the help of wind and water or by a bee visiting several different blooms. Some different pollinators include; birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and bees.
Why is this process so important?
"Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators." If you look at the numbers ( I mean we are a bank :) ) "pollinators add 217 BILLION dollars to the global economy and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 BILLION dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States." Which is extremely important for us Corn Huskers as Nebraska ranks 3rd in Corn and Grain production and 4th in the nation for Soybean production.
How can you help Pollinators?
1. Plant a pollinator garden!
2. Reduce the impact of pesticides
3. Teach others the awesome impact pollinators have in our lives
4. Support local Bees and Beekeepers (buy local honey!)