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Pollinators

Overview

Pollinators, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other insects are declining rapidly due to a number of factors, including loss of habitat, loss of forage, and pesticides. Some pollinators such as bumblebees and Monarch butterflies may be on the verge of extinction. Many states have enacted or are considering legislation to acquire, restore and/or protect pollinator habitat, as well as to restrict the application of pesticides such as neonicotinoids and other chemicals that are harmful to pollinators. Innovative funding mechanisms like pollinator license plates and community initiatives have also been introduced in recent years.

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Key Facts

Pollinators are essential to at least one-third of the crops grown for human consumption, yet almost 44% of bees died in the period between April 2019 and April 2020.

Pollinators are responsible for between $235 and $577 billion in crops produced worldwide.

Pollinators assist over 80% of the world’s flowering plants to reproduce.

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Pollinator-Friendly Practices and Strategies

Introductory information about pollinators as well as best practices for management, planting, and home gardening.

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Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

Regional information on pollinator conservation resources, such as pollinator plants, conservation guides, and policy examples.

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National Pollinator Health Strategy to Promote Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Outlines a comprehensive approach to tackling and reducing the impact of multiple stressors on pollinator health.

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Xerces Society Report on Pollinators and Neonicotinoids

Reviews research on neonicotinoids in addition to highlighting knowledge gaps and research needs.

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