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Plant habitat for pollinators

Bombus affinis bumble bee
Bombus affinis bumble bee

The vital connections that pollinators make are often taken for granted. When pollinators move pollen between plants as they gather food for themselves, they provide food for us and countless other creatures.

A million small actions result in food for the planet. Fortunately, pollinators are returning to their pollinating work as flowers begin blooming this spring.

As you spend perhaps more time than usual in your yard and garden this spring, you can consult a new resource to improve habitat for pollinators. The Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks was produced by the Xerces Society in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. Funding for the production of the guide was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Through the small actions we take to create and improve pollinator habitat, we can help plants stay connected to each other through their pollinators, maintaining connections that feed us and the world around us.

Elaine Evans is an Extension educator on native and wild bee biology and bumblebee management.

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