Pollinators

How to build a pollinator garden

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Careful planning is essential to creating a successful pollinator garden. Follow these easy steps to make sure you have everything covered before you make your investment. Choosing your location While flowering plants can grow in both shady and sunny locations, consider your audience. Butterflies and other pollinators like to bask in the sun and some of…

Informational seminar to focus on Ohio’s pollinators

A bee gathering nectar from a spring twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) flower. The fragile flowers bloom around Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, and last for only a few days. (Photo by Frank Hinchey)Pollinating insects are making up for lost time in Ohio as a late spring wakes up nectar-filled wildflowers along byways, in fields and prairies, and residential backyards. To better help Ohioans…

Michigan continues to step up habitat enhancement efforts that benefit pollinating insects

(Michigan DNR)Pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly and the rusty patched bumble bee, listed in March as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently have made headlines due to declining populations, primarily from habitat loss. Grasslands, vitally important to many species including pollinators, have become increasingly rare. But through several habitat enhancement projects, the Michigan DNR –…