The Buzz About Pollinators

What is a Pollinator?

Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male parts of a flower to the female.  Every organism from plants to humans have a common goal in creating offspring to continue the survival of the species.  One way plants can produce offspring is by making seeds, and an important way pollen transfers from plant to plant is via pollinators.  Pollinating animals, include bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, flies, moths and more!  So how does this connect to us?  Well, one third of our food is the result of pollinators’ activities.   Imagine your favorite peanut butter jelly sandwich --- without pollinators, there wouldn’t be fruit for jelly or peanuts for peanut butter!   It is more important than ever to create wildlife-friendly gardens that help support the survival of these key species.  Read on to find out how you can be a part of protecting pollinators!

National Pollinator Week

During National Pollinator Week, we highlight and share the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies and bats!

Pollinator week originated 8 years ago when the U.S. Senate deemed it as a necessary step in addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.  Learn More

What you can do to help

Be a Habitat Hero and help grow a healthier community by planting a diversity of regionally adapted or native pollinator plants.  High Country Gardens is showing their support for pollinators by donating $1.00 to the Pollinator Partnership for every purchase from their selected favorites of pollinator plants.  In addition, they will also donate 50 cents for every photo you post on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag: #HCGPollinators.  This is a great way to provide a desirable place pollinators can call home and donate money to the largest non-profit organization in the world who are exclusively dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.

Plant gayfeathers which are a large growing, showy drought tolerant species that is highly attractive to bees and butterflies all summer long! Additional bonus – High Country Gardens will donate $1.00 to the Pollinator Partnership for every purchase of this plant.

Gardening is made easy with the Habitat Hero Edible Garden, a carefully selected, pre-planned garden with an array of both edible crops and flowering plants to attract pollinators to your garden.  By creating this synergy between pollinators and crops, we empower pollinators to thrive while producing a more bountiful garden!  The Urban Farm Company proudly supports the mission of Audubon Rockies by donating a portion of the proceeds.

The Western Apicultural Society is “Putting the Bee in Boulder” at this year’s annual conference hosted by Colorado State Beekeepers Association in Boulder, Colorado from October 1-3.  To learn more about the conference, speakers and registration – click here.

Other Resources

Bees’ Needs

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Monarchs and Milkweeds – Citizen Science Project

Project Milkweed

The Nature Conservancy – Pollinator Lunch Video

Whole Foods – Protect Pollinators

Fritillary butterfly drinking from an aster (Photo Credit - Pat Hayward, Plant Select)

Plant a pesticide-free, pollinator-friendly garden to help with the dramatic decrease in pollinator populations!  BEE KIND to Planet Earth!

How you can help, right now