People for Pollinators - Create a Buzz in your Community!

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We are asking schools, businesses, and places with common spaces around our community to partner with us and plant a pollinator garden. No matter what size space you have available, we can all make a difference together!

  • 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 build a pollinator garden?

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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 patch bumble bee, and the regal fritillary. We want to help improve conditions for all pollinators by getting the community involved in conservation efforts. This is something easy that anyone can participate in, and it is fun for all ages!

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  • How do I participate in People for Pollinators?

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    We will provide free site planning assistance, free seeds and/or plants, free vegetative maintenance expertise, and free educational materials to get your pollinator garden started and growing! If interested, please fill out the garden application form and email it to People for Pollinators Coordinator, Patrick Bryant, at Patrick_bryant@fws.gov. Call 515-994-3400 or email Patrick with questions.

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