Pollinator Education

Pollinators are a critical group of animals that make plant reproduction (seeds and fruits) possible. Much of the food we eat, clothes we wear, medicines we consume, and materials we frequently use rely on a living organism to pollinate the plant it came from.

butterfly.jpgPollinator Awareness and Conservation

Pollinators are a critical group of animals that make plant reproduction (seeds and fruits) possible.  Much of the food we eat, clothes we wear, medicines we consume, and materials we frequently use rely on a living organism to pollinate the plant it came from. 

In Wyoming, these pollinators include a variety of bees (bumble, mason, leafcutter, carpenter, sweat, etc.), butterflies and moths, beetles, wasps, hummingbirds... and also wind!

Pollinator Declines

Pollinator numbers are in decline in many places, for reasons known and unknown. The Biodiversity Institute would like your help to keep Wyoming pollinators healthy and numerous. You can provide or improve habitat for pollinators, and find and identify species to help scientists keep track of numbers. Encourage your family and friends to become pollinator-aware, and help reduce the use of pesticides in your community.

dd9cce8b2e210fa72a8768421e86738d_f1003.jpgWyoming officially declares one week in June each year as Pollinator Awareness Week, part of a national program to raise awareness on the diversity and benefits of pollinators, and how we can help protect them. Stop back here to keep in the know about what pollinator activities are going on!

  

Pollinator Resources


Presentations

 

Species Guides

 

Habitat Guides

  • Pollinator-friendly plants for Wyoming - learn more here

  • Plants with Altitude: Regionally Native Plants for Wyoming Gardens - explore website or buy

  • Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies - buy or check out from your local library

  • Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener app: learn more here

  • "Planting for Backyard Wildlife," Eric Peterson, UW Extension - download

  • Mason Bee Nest Kit - buy one or learn to make your own

  • Another Mason Bee Nest - buy one here

 

Organizations

  • The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation - website

  • Pollinator Partnership - website

 

Miscellaneous

  • Wings of Life movie, DisneyNature, 2012

  • National Public Radio, "Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops."  May 7, 2013.  Access here.


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