Pollinators are in trouble.
Unfortunately, pollinators are in decline worldwide. Habitat loss, invasive species, parasites, and pesticides are largely to blame.
You can help save pollinators. Here are 10 ways you can directly help pollinators which protects and restore these critically important wildlife species.
- Become a Wildlife Gardener
Join the growing movement of Wildlife Gardeners who are have made the choice to nurture their own small piece of the Earth–their own yards and gardens–with the needs of wildlife like pollinators in mind. There are many sources on the internet to find a local pollinator gardening initiative.
- Plant Natives
Native plants co-evolved with the native wildlife of your region. Native plants form the foundation of habitat for pollinators by providing them with pollen and nectar for food, cover from the elements and predators, and places where their young can grow. The best way to attract beautiful butterflies, busy bees, speedy hummingbirds and other pollinators is to fill your yard with native plants.
- Gives Bees Nesting Places
There are 4,000 bee species native to North America (the honey bee is a European import) and most of those don’t form hives. Instead, individual female bees lay their eggs in tunnels in decaying wood or in sandy soil. You can offer such nesting spots by leaving tree snags on your property, by leaving bare batches of sandy soil, or by building or buying whimsical native bee houses. SkylyfeADK sells Mason ,Carpenter and Bumblebee habitats. We sell these items on site during our educational presentations or can be ordered. If your interested please email us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Avoid Pesticides
Bees are our most important pollinators, and they are insects. So are butterflies like the monarch. Using insecticides will kill these insects. Herbicides will kill important native plants such as milkweed that pollinators rely upon as a food source and a place to raise young. Make the commitment to avoid using chemicals and to maintain your garden in a natural, organic way. A Natural pesticide recipe can be found at SkyLyfeADK.com
- Plant Milkweed
The iconic monarch butterfly has declined by over 90 percent in just twenty years. One of the main causes of this decline is a lack of milkweed, the only host plant for Monarch larva/caterpillars. Without milkweed, monarchs can’t complete their lifecycle and populations plummet. By planting milkweed in your own yard, garden or neighborhood, you’ll not only attract these beautiful butterflies, you’ll be providing crucial habitat that will allow their caterpillars to survive. SkyLyfeADK provides hundreds of self-collected and packaged common milkweed seeds every year.
- Adopt a Monarch
When you adopt a monarch butterfly you directly support SkyLyfeADK’s work to save this declining pollinator. We’ll put your adoption purchase to use immediately to support our work to protect and restore monarchs and other vulnerable wildlife. Adopt a monarch today. You can Adopt a Monarch through 1 of our 2 Adoption programs listed on our website. Please feel free to inquire about this process through email.
- Protect Grasslands
America’s native grasslands are critically important for pollinators such as bees and monarch butterflies. Our grasslands are filled with native plants that offer nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and a wide variety of pollinators. Today, more than 90 percent of native grasslands have been converted to cropland and development. Grasslands are disappearing faster than any other ecosystem in North America and deserve our attention.
- Support Pollinator Conservation Organizations
SkyLyfeADK partners with the National Wildlife Foundaction, Monarch Watch and state affiliates that are active partners in the Garden for Wildlife program, teaching people how to create habitat for bees, monarchs and other pollinators. They offer regional expertise and resources, offering native milkweed seeds, running monarch taggingand citizen scienceefforts and even working on legislative solutions. Joining these efforts is a great way to get involved on the local level.
- Post a Yard Sign
When you create a pollinator garden and certify it with National Wildlife Federation you become part of the exclusive group of people who can post a Certified Wildlife Habitat sign. The sign is a wonderful way of letting your friends and neighbors know about all the hard work you’ve done to make a difference for wildlife like pollinators. Posting the sign is also a grassroots way of spreading the message that each of us can make a difference by creating a pollinator-friendly garden or landscape and inspiring others to follow your example.
- Spread the Word on Social Media
You can amplify our call to action by spreading the message about the plight of bees, monarch butterflies and other declining pollinators on social media. Participate in one of SkyLyfeADK’s educational pollinator programs. To book or participate in one of our programs, please contact us for a list of our Summer programs and locations.
Together we can make a difference in restoring pollinator populations!