Bees, butterflies, birds and even bats carry pollen from flower to flower so plants can produce seeds and fruits. Without pollinators we’d lose one of every three mouthfuls of our food and drink, including nutritious fruits and vegetables like apples, almonds and blueberries.
But pollinators like bees are struggling to survive, in part, because of pesticides. After recent incidents of bumble bee deaths this summer, the Oregon Department of Agriculture issued new pesticide restrictions to protect bees.
If you’re concerned by this, you’re not alone. A recent social media survey by the Oregon Zoo revealed that local bumblebees are the number one animal respondents “would be most likely to take action to protect.” Metro natural gardening expert Carl Grimm shared tips today on KATU's AM Northwest to help all of our important pollinators thrive – and encourage the work they do in your garden.
Cultivate backyard habitat for birds, bees and butterflies