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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge Pollinators Page

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New NAPPC Guide for Selecting Plants for Pollinators in Hawaii. 12.5 MB

Attracting Pollinators to your Garden

Pollinator Brochure: Attracting Pollinators to your Garden.

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Learn about pollinators and other wildlife using Neighborhood Explorers. Pollinators are featured in "Lucy's Story", "Lucy's Challenge", and "NX Detective Game".

PowerPoint Presentation: "The Birds and the Bees and . . .The Beetles? Why we should care about pollinators"



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Celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 15 - 21, 2015!

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"They Don't Eat Their Pollinators", 2015 Pollinator Poster, Credit: Teri Nye.

Learn more about the species featured on the poster and the making of the poster.


These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, like blueberries, squash, and almonds . . . not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators.

Learn more about pollinators by viewing fun and educational materials on pollinators, including:

  • An online clubhouse (Neighborhood Explorers) - learn about Lucy's pizza garden, then make your own pizza from pollinated foods.

  • Activity guide
    (Go! Wild) - learn about pollinators at Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, then match plants to pollinators and enjoy other games. Can you guess which animals pollinate plants in your yard?

  • Podcasts - listen to broadcasts about native bees, endangered pollinators, pollinator gardens and backyard habitat, and a view a video clip from Green Springs Garden. Are you providing good habitat for pollinators in your yard?

  • Webcasts ( Pollinator Live and Monarch Live) - take a trip on these websites to "see" monarch habitat across North America and learn about the great migration of monarchs, or learn how bees and other pollinators benefit people and how to attract them to your schoolyard.

  • USFWS monarch butterfly website - learn about its lifecycle and migration, and how you can help save this iconic species.

  • The Nature's Partner's Curriculum - fun activities for clubs, schools, and families to learn about pollinators. Children may need some help from adults with many of these activities.

Download a variety of resources about pollinators, pollinator week, and what you can do to help pollinators at: http://www.pollinator.org

Note: The celebration of Pollinator Week started in 2007, when the U.S. Senate designated Pollinator Week in Resolution 580.

How You Can Help

Pollinators need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.

1) Plant a Pollinator Garden

2) Provide Nesting Sites

3) Avoid or Limit Pesticide Use


Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.

Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife.  Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

Over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals.   

In the United States pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to over $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010.

A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining.  Declines in wild pollinators may be a result of habitat loss and degradation, while declines in managed bees is linked to disease (introduced parasites and pathogens).


Pollination results when the pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) is moved to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma) and fertilizes it, resulting in the production of fruits and seeds.  Some flowers rely on the wind to move pollen, while other rely on animals to move pollen.  

Animals visit flowers in search of food and sometimes even mates, shelter and nest-building materials. Some animals, such as many bees, intentionally collect pollen, while others, such as many butterflies and birds, move pollen incidentally because the pollen sticks on their body while they are collecting nectar from the flowers. All of these animals are considered pollinators.

News and Activities:

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Photo by Mark Musselman/National Audubon Society.

Learn more about monarchs:

The Interior Indian Craft Shop will be highlighting pollinators depicted in American Indian Art from June 15 through 26 in recognition of Pollinator Week.

Find Pollinator Events being hosted by USFWS (select "pollinator events")

Check out our Spotlight on Saving the Monarch.

Saving the Monarch

2014 National Pollinator Week Proclamation from Secretary Jewell

USFWS meets the 2013 Pollinator Challenge to conserve pollinators and educate the public about how to help. Find out more and see pictures!

St. Louis Earth Day - create pollinator "seed balls"

Postage Stamp Prairie

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Targets Prairie Restoration for Monarchs

Shiawassee Refuge Installs Pollinator Interpretive Displays

Butterflies Abound!

Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Provides Habitat for Rare Connecticut Bee Species

Learn about the South Dakota Prairie Butterfly Garden


Last Updated: May 27, 2015