Did you know one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of the efforts of pollinators, including many fruits, vegetables, and seeds?
Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male part of the flower to the female part of the flower of the same species. Successful pollination allows plants to produce seeds, which are necessary to produce the next generation of plants. Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, ants, bats, and birds. Pollinators visit flowers in search of food, shelter, mates, and nest-building materials. When a pollinator comes in contact with the flower the pollen will stick to the pollinator to be transferred to the next flower they visit. Over 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce. Pollinators are vital for healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize the soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.