A Matter of Balance: The Role of Pollinators in a Sustainable Environment
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We take them for granted. They’re always there when the flowers start to bloom, or at least they used to be. They are pollinators. These little creatures include bees, butterflies, moths and many other insects with wings (not to mention birds and bats) that move from blossom to blossom carrying pollen and making it possible for just about every thing on earth to blossom and grow .1
Pollination is vital to our survival and the
existence of nearly all ecosystems on earth. 80% of the world’s crop plants depend on
pollination. Insect pollinators,
including honey bees and native bees, pollinate products amounting to $20
billion annually in the
Native pollinators are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, disease, parasites and the effects of invasive species.3 Since pollinators are largely overlooked, assessing their condition and economic importance; seeking to understand their circumstances, biology, and benefits better; and working to help keep them healthy are positive, pro-active approaches to conservation.2
Plant Materials Program News,
2. Pollinator Partnership Webpage, The Pollinator Partnership, 2007
NRCS This Week, USDA-NRCS,
This is a professional development program designed for all conservationists, whether public agency or private consultant, who work directly with landowners advising them on conservation practices for sustainable eco-systems. It is also open to landowners who want to learn more about pollinator beneficial practices. Learn about pollinator concerns, and about beneficial practices and management from State and National experts.
Topics or categories to be covered during program:
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