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Support National Pollinator Week!

Our Chesapeake Bay Field Office has led Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis, Md., to transform their expansive schoolyard into a native plant habitat beneficial to pollinators over the past 5 years. Credit: USFWS

Our Chesapeake Bay Field Office has led Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis, Md., to transform their expansive schoolyard into a native plant habitat beneficial to pollinators over the past 5 years. Their schoolyard has a dedicated space for habitat and water quality, native bee posters from our agency in their classrooms, and non-stinging, ground-nesting native mining bees on their schoolyard. Credit: USFWS

Long-term trends for several wild bee species, as well as some butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, show drops in populations, according to a National Research Council report. These are the species that 75 percent of all flowering plants — including most food crops and some that provide fiber, drugs, and fuel — rely on for fertilization in order to bear fruit.

Hear from two of our refuges celebrating pollinators:

How can we help? Plant a pollinator garden!

The most obvious need is a variety of nectar and pollen sources. Consider the following when choosing plants for your garden:

  1. Choose plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season.
  2. Plant in clumps, rather than single plants, to better attract pollinators.
  3. Provide a variety of flower colors and shapes to attract different pollinators. Check out the types of flowers that different pollinator groups (bats, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, etc.) find attractive.
  4. Whenever possible, choose native plants. Native plants will attract more native pollinators and can serve as larval host plants for some species of pollinators. Check field guides to find out which plants the larval stage of local butterflies eat. Find native plants and native plant societies for your area.
  5. Learn more about what you can do.

Our agency works with partners to recovery endangered pollinators and the plants that depend on them. We use native, pollinator-friendly plants in our habitat work, and we create butterfly trails and gardens. Learn more about how we help pollinators.

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