Curriculum

What is a pollinator?

Flowers produce nectar, a sugary liquid, that pollinators eat. Flowers also produce a yellow powder called pollen, which falls onto pollinators when they eat nectar. When pollinators fly to other plants to eat more nectar, they carry the pollen with them and deposit it on the other flowers. This is how pollinators fertilize flowers, which allows plants to reproduce and create the fruit that we eat.

What is a pollinator?

Flowers produce nectar, a sugary liquid, that pollinators eat. Flowers also produce a yellow powder called pollen, which falls onto pollinators when they eat nectar. When pollinators fly to other plants to eat more nectar, they carry the pollen with them and deposit it on the other flowers. This is how pollinators fertilize flowers, which allows plants to reproduce and create the fruit that we eat. 

Honeybee

What do pollinators do?

The work that native pollinators do for agricultural crops is worth $3 billion every year! Two-thirds of all foods grown in the world need pollination, with over 75% of plants with flowers needing pollinators to make seeds. In North America there are more than 100 agricultural plants that need pollinators to make as many seeds as possible. 

Honeybee on a yellow daisy

 

The Importance of Biodiversity

Plant pollinator habitat in your yard or garden that provides key needs: low logs, trees, and plants provide nest sites; rocks for sunning; puddles/bird bath for water; a variety of plants provide shelter and different kinds of food for pollinators.

How can I help?

Niche Complementarity

Every organism has evolved to survive in a given ecosystem. For example, with its thick fur, curved claws, and long snout and tongue, the anteater has evolved to excel at the finding and eating of ants and termites. This ability to hunt these tiny insects where others cannot has created a niche in that ecosystem for the anteater. Every organism has a niche to fill, but these niches are not isolated from one another. In fact, the survival of an ecosystem requires that organisms and their niches complement one another. This is niche complementarity.

View Niche Complementarity

Resources

Pollinator kid Publication - English
Pollinator kid Publication - Espanol
P4P poster
Bees Knees Espanol

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