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Pollinator Conservation

American bumblebee Above: American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus).

IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATORS

Native pollinators—bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds—play a critical role in sustaining ecosystems and provide essential services to American agriculture (estimated at as much as $9 billion annually).

Yet pollinators are in trouble. More than 50 native bees are in documented decline, with 9 critically imperiled, including the Franklin’s bumble bee. Another iconic North American pollinator—the monarch butterfly—is in severe decline, down from a billion monarchs 20 years ago to 35 million today. Research shows that native pollinators can be two to three times as effective at pollinating agricultural crops as non-native honeybees.

Native pollinators need native plants and natural landscapes.

At the Wildflower Center, we:

  • Create pollinator habitats in urban planned landscapes such as at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and the Mission Reach on the San Antonio River
  • Partner with the Xerces Society and Butterflies and Moths of North America to help gardeners find thousands of plants that sustain bees and butterflies
  • Educate school groups and parents and children about native pollinators and the plants that they need
  • Support pollinators on our 279 acres in Austin
  • Provide sustainably grown native plants at plant sales for homeowners to create pollinator-friendly gardens
  • Conserve seeds of important pollinator plants for future use and research

Support the Wildflower Center’s critical work now

We work to increase the use of native plants that are essential to the survival of native pollinators like native bees, butterflies, bats, moths, and flies.

Our success depends on your support. Without pollinators there would be few native plants and without native plants there would be few pollinators. Please donate today to help us help pollinators. 

POLLINATOR RESOURCES

Explore the websites of our friends working to save native pollinators:
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