Pollinators are a critical group of animals that make plant reproduction (seeds and fruits) possible. Much of the food we eat, clothes we wear, medicines we consume, and materials we frequently use rely on a living organism to pollinate the plant it came from.
In Wyoming, these pollinators include a variety of bees (bumble, mason, leafcutter, carpenter, sweat, etc.), butterflies and moths, beetles, wasps, hummingbirds... and also wind!
Pollinator numbers are in decline in many places, for reasons known and unknown. The Biodiversity Institute would like your help to keep Wyoming pollinators healthy and numerous. You can provide or improve habitat for pollinators, and find and identify species to help scientists keep track of numbers. Encourage your family and friends to become pollinator-aware, and help reduce the use of pesticides in your community.
Wyoming officially declares one week in June each year as Pollinator Awareness Week, part of a national program to raise awareness on the diversity and benefits of pollinators, and how we can help protect them. Stop back here to keep in the know about what pollinator activities are going on!
Native Bees (42 MB), by Brenna Marsicek, given at the Wyoming Bee College, March 23, 2014
Building Nests for Native Bees (54 MB), by Brenna Marsicek, given at the Wyoming Bee College, March 23, 2014
Pocket Guide to Identifying the Western Bumble Bee - download and print
Pollinator-friendly plants for Wyoming - learn more here
Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies - buy or check out from your local library
Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener app: learn more here
"Planting for Backyard Wildlife," Eric Peterson, UW Extension - download
Another Mason Bee Nest - buy one here
Wings of Life movie, DisneyNature, 2012
National Public Radio, "Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops." May 7, 2013. Access here.
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