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No matter what size space you have , native plants can be an attractive, wildlife-friendly addition.

  • Why are pollinators important?

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    About 80% of the 1,400 crop plants grown around the world that produce our food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines require pollination by animals in order to produce the goods we need. Some of these products include coffee, chocolate, pumpkins, apples, almonds, cotton, blueberries, potatoes, and tequila. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, beetles, bats, flies, moths, hummingbirds and many other animal species. These important species produce $40 billion worth of products annually.

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  • Why plant native?

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    Over the past 150 years, Iowa’s landscape has become the most transformed out of the entire United States. We now have less than 1/10 of 1% of our original prairie habitat left. This habitat is important to pollinator species like the monarch butterfly, the rusty patched bumble bee, and the regal fritillary butterfly. By planting native, pollinator-friendly species, we can help Iowa's wildlife.

  • How do I get started?

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    Do you want to know how to create a pollinator garden? Check out Blank Park Zoo's "Plant. Grow. Fly" website for helpful information and resources to get you started.

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