This week is National Pollinator Week ~ a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
Pollination happens when pollen is moved within a flower or is carried from one flower to another of the same species. It leads to fertilization which leads to apples or tomatoes or...
Here's the stuff you need to know: pollination is necessary for healthy and productive native and agricultural ecosystems.
Did you know that:
- About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
- About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.
- Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees.
You can learn all about pollinators over at the Pollinator Partnership website where you can also download this cool poster.
And download fact sheets and more.