PLANET PALA: WILDLIFE TIPS – POLLINATORS FACTS
Do you know who are our important pollinators are around Pala? Do you know how to make your yard an inviting habitat for them?
Make your garden a certified wildlife habitat that will invite in our pollinators – use native plants, water sources, & nesting materials to make a friendly pollinator garden.
Pollinators are vital for our food supply—without pollinators, we lose 90% of our plants (= 1/3 of our food crops!).
Important food source for other animals.
Essential for a healthy ecosystem & biodiversity plants & pollinators have evolved to work together.
As important as sunlight, moisture, nutrients!
HOW CAN I HELP?
PLANT LOTS OF NATIVE (FLOWER) PLANTS
• Use lots of different colors, shapes, & smells—to attract pollinators.
• Plant in clumps—it attracts more pollinators.
MAKE A POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY GARDEN
• Food, water, habitat/shelter for pollinators.
• Use native plants that flower throughout the growing season.
• Make it a NWS Certified Wildlife Habitat.
DON’T USE PESTICIDES/HERBICIDES/INSECTICIDES
• Use a natural pest control instead (Integrated Pest Management).
• Remove pests by hand or just let them be.
MAKE AN INSECT HOTEL OR BEE/BAT HOUSE
• Provide nesting habitat—tall grasses, fallen branches.
• Bee nesting block or insect hotel.
BE A BEEKEEPER & DO CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS
• Track Monarch Butterflies & other pollinators.
WHY ARE POLLINATORS DYING?
• Climate Change
• Habitat Loss & Fragmentation
• Pesticide Use by Homeowners & Farmers
• Invasive (Non-Native) Plants Moving In
• Changes in Agriculture/Grazing
LIST OF POLLINATORS
• Butterflies & moths
• Ultra-green sweat bee
• Carpenter bee
• Bumble bee
• Leafcutter bee
• Mason bee
DOWNLOAD TIP SHEET
Feel free to download the Wildlife Tips – Pollinators Facts (.pdf).
Wildlife Tips – Pollinators Facts Sheet, Page 1
Wildlife Tips – Pollinators Facts Sheet, Page 2