Bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators are important players in propagating our flowering plants, including a lot of our food. Yet, recently, many of these polinators are in decline. The National Park Service is encouraging us to “bee pollinator friendly” and learn more about these animals.
The National Pollinator Garden Newtork has lots of suggestions about how individuals, groups and organizations can make a difference. One suggestion is to plant a pollinator garden. This is an easy way to support pollinators, even if you have a black thumb like me! My small flower beds are full of pollinator-friendly native flowers. My “care” of these beds is limited to clearing out the dead plants and making sure to shake the seeds back into the bed. And, voila! Birds and bees flock to the bright blooms, which also look great. You can register your garden as part of the “Mission Pollinator Garden Challenge” or learn other ways to support pollinators at the National Pollinator Garden Network’s website.