Our Pals The Pollinators

Bee Keeper and gardener Tina Huckabee, who gardens in Austin, Texas, speaks poignantly about the importance of pollinators to our ecosystems, our food supply, and our very survival.

I learned a great deal from reading Tina’s essay, which is beautifully illustrated with photos from her garden. Tina is a passionate advocate for preservation, and a practical one.

Please enjoy her post today!

Woodland Gnome

My Gardener Says...

Pollinators aren’t just pretty things fluttering around our the gardens and buzzing past as we hike on trails, they are critical to the health and survival of ecosystems throughout the world.  Bees of a variety of species pollinate the plants that supply a large percentage of the world’s food supply and about 1,000 plants used by humans for food and other supplies are pollinated by bees and other pollinating animals. Additionally, 90% of wild plants are pollinated by wild bees of many species.  Bats and birds contribute greatly to the pollination of wild plants and agricultural crops, while butterflies and moths pollinate flowering native plants in every ecosystem.

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Habitat loss, over-reliance and misuse of pesticides and herbicides, invasive species, as well as disease and parasite infections are leading causes of the startling decline of all pollinator animals worldwide.

In the United States, over 40% of honeybee hives were lost last year.

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Though wild bees haven’t been studied to…

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