Bee Helpful!

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators across America. According to the National Pollinator Garden Network, “Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at critical point in their own survival.”

You can support pollinator conservation by creating and then registering your garden through the Pollinator Partnership. Depending on where you live, it’s not too late for this year, or plan ahead for next year’s gardens. Pollinator gardens should:

  1. Use plants that provide nectar and pollen sources.
  2. Provide a water source.
  3. Be situated in sunny areas with wind breaks.
  4. Create large “pollinator targets” of native or non-invasive plants.
  5. Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season.
  6. Eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides.

Don’t forget to register your pollinator garden here! For more details, you can also visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife page on pollinators and the Pollinator Partnership.

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