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Here are some great organizations and websites that explain how we can help pollinators in our own backyards and communities.

Native Plants - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 9 Ways You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators At Home. If you like to eat, you can thank insects—in particular, pollinators such as honeybees, which provide much of the U.S. food supply.

9 Ways You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators At Home

Sadly, pollinators in the United States have been in crisis for more than a decade. Beekeepers continue to report major hive losses each year, while many native bees and other pollinating insects are likely in steep decline—for a host of reasons. This week the White House weighed in on how to make things better, releasing a new National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. (Related: "Obama Unveils Plan to Reverse Alarming Decline of Honeybees. ") Meanwhile, are there things the rest of us can do to help relieve pollinators' plight? Absolutely, says Ed Spevak, curator of invertebrates and director of the Center for Native Pollinator Conservation at the St. Choose native plants in a variety of shapes and colors to encourage diversity.

Build a Bee House. Go Wild with Native Gardening pollinator slideshow. There’s a chill in the air these days, and you may be thinking about putting your gardens to bed for the winter.

Go Wild with Native Gardening pollinator slideshow

Here are 7 things you can do this fall and winter to make your gardens a great place for pollinators and other wildlife. You will also get a jump on spring! Variety Is the Spice of Life. 5 Simple Tips to Turn Your Yard Into Pollinator Paradise – Cool Green Science. Wildlife When I stepped outside this morning, our yard was abuzz – literally – with activity.

5 Simple Tips to Turn Your Yard Into Pollinator Paradise – Cool Green Science

Bumble bees, wasps, butterflies and moths hovered over the plentiful flowers. Pollinator paradise. Summer is the time of plenty for native pollinators. And they’re binging. But creating pollinator habitat in your yard or garden means more than summer blooms. Think of summer as the pollinator’s Thansksgiving dinner. But also consider this: When you sit down to a holiday meal with all the fixings, you might be so stuffed you can’t think of food. Build Your Own Bee Hotel - National Geographic Society.

Cornell Cooperative Extension. Bumble bee on Joe-Pye Weed Monarch on Blue Mist Flower Syrphid fly (also called bee fly) on Marsh Marigold Honeybee drones (male honeybees) emerge from comb Supporting Pollinators in our Backyards and Gardens Did you know that your backyard can offer habitat and food for pollinators?

Cornell Cooperative Extension

The Bee-Friendly Backyard New York is home to over 450 native bee species. 1)Give ‘em Shelter: Most of our native bee species are solitary and do not live in hives. 2)Make it look deliberate: If a brush pile sounds messy, instead create a decorative wattle fence of bent twigs. 3)Dish up a variety of foods: Many flowers provide nectar. 4)Use pesticide knowledgably: We understand that sometimes pesticides are needed in a managed landscape. Avoid spraying plants that are flowering, or if you must spray them, use a low-residual pesticide and spray when bees less active (early morning or late evening). Great Pollinator Project. Any basic conservation action, such as using natural resources sparingly, recycling, reducing energy consumption, supporting local agriculture—in general, living more sustainably, will also benefit native pollinators.

Great Pollinator Project

However, you can take some specific steps that will benefit them directly. Protect habitat for nesting, feeding, resting, overwintering, and migration. This includes protecting habitat for all life cycle stages—larvae, pupae, and adult. Maintain or restore habitat connectivity to ensure that pollinators have sufficient habitat to meet their needs. Connections between habitat patches also allows for dispersal to new areas. USDA Peoples Garden. Community Greenways Collaborative. The Great Sunflower Project. Learn more about the Great Sunflower Project.

The Great Sunflower Project

Discover Life. Overview We hope you will find Bee Hunt a great way to teach and learn about pollination ecology and other aspects of natural history.

Discover Life

Bee Hunt is a participatory science project. It's your research. You are the scientists. PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure. Pollinator Partnership. Untitled. Bumble Bee Watch. PlantNative - Native Plants, Lawn Alternatives, Landscape Design and Landscaping. Home - Native Plants Finder. Garden for Wildlife. Partners - Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. The National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN) is an unprecedented collaboration of national, regional, and local gardening clubs.

Partners - Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Its founding private nonprofit and garden industry members were convened in Fall 2014, to propose efforts to help restore critical pollinator populations in support of the President’s Executive Strategy to “Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” NPGN collectively represents approximately 800,000 gardeners, 10,000 schoolyard gardens and bring a baseline of a 250,000 registered pollinator gardens nationwide from across its five main founding organizations. The focus of the NPGN is: to inspire individuals and community groups, institutions and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitat through sustainable gardening practices, habitat conservation and provide these groups the tools to be successful.

Read the press release. Home - Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. DIY Native Bee House - Botanical Interests Blog. Mason bees are native, excellent pollinators, and easy to attract.

DIY Native Bee House - Botanical Interests Blog

North America has about 140 different Mason bee species. They are active in early spring to late summer. Pollinators: How You Can Help. What You Can do Pollinators need your help!

Pollinators: How You Can Help

There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance. 1) Plant a Pollinator Garden 2) Provide Nesting Habitat 3) Avoid or Limit Pesticide Use. Butterfly Heroes.