Did you know that Honeybees visit five million flowers to make one pint of honey?! Join us in celebrating them this #PollinatorWeek! Our friends at the National Audubon Society have a fantastic database to help attract the best pollinators to your garden and yard, community gardens, pollination stations, wildlife habitats, and other green spaces. You may find your local native plant and pollinators database here. The USDA touches on some of the critical agricultural, environmental, and economic benefits our pollinators provide here.
You may not even realize how many cute critters are already inhabiting your backyard! Many native plants attract bumblebees, dragonflies, fireflies (or as I say, lightning bugs ⚡), moths, bats, hummingbirds, honeybees, caterpillars. and an abundance of different types of butterflies! These wildlife forage native plants for food, including nectar, berries, and other fruits. In addition, the plants serve as safe spaces during weather events and during encounters with predators.
When planning your garden, consider what you want to attract, seasonal bloom schedules, host plants vs. nectar plants, and providing safety and shelter. You have the power to promote breathtaking and safe natural habits that will attract all sorts of visitors, including many endangered pollinators. Throughout your quest to build a #ThrivingEcosystem, don't forget that pesticides and insecticides can kill the important pollinators you're working so hard to attract! These dangerous chemicals were derived from chemicals used during The Holocaust, and they cause to various human, animal, and environmental health concerns.
Developing your outdoor oasis is a fun project that is not just reserved for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and wildlife photographers. Everyone is a part of nature, and we must all lead #ClimateAction if we plan on addressing the #ClimateEmergency. Audubon notes their database "draws its plant data from the North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program."