It’s not an exaggeration to say that the biodiversity of our entire ecosystem depends on pollinators. Animals like birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, and other insects feed on plants, and in doing so, help 80% of the world’s plant species reproduce.
Over the last few decades, pollinator populations have declined dramatically due to climate change, pesticide exposure, and loss of habitat and food sources. Fortunately, we can help. One major way to make a positive impact on pollinators—and beautify an outdoor space—is to plant a native pollinator garden.
Even small outdoor spaces can provide quality habitat and help us fight biodiversity loss. A pollinator garden can range from a decorative planter with native flowers to small flowerbeds or larger vegetable gardens interspersed with flowers.
There are several ways you can learn more and start making a difference in your backyard or neighborhood:
- Sign up for our Gardening With Native Plants online program series. The first class starts this Thursday, April 8.
- Read Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants or Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy.
- Check out Grow Native Massachusetts and their roundup of local nurseries, online mail-order seed companies, and regional native plant sales.
Enjoy these five photos of pollinator-friendly native plants from our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest and let us know in the comments how you plan to support pollinators this year!