Bees and other insects pollinate a wide variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables, animal forages, fiber crops and native plants.
For a number of years a complex set of factors has negatively affected domesticated honey bee health and populations in Minnesota, the U.S. and elsewhere.
Likewise, the health and numbers of native insect pollinators (wild bees, flies, wasps, moths, butterflies, and other pollinating insects) have declined due to a number of factors, including exposure to pathogens, parasites and pesticides, as well as habitat fragmentation and disappearance of floral resources.
Each of us can do something to help pollinators. Simple acts, such as planting more pollinator-attractive flowers, leaving ornamental grasses uncut in the fall to provide overwinter habitat, or using pesticides only when necessary, can make a big impact.
Join the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s “Protect Minnesota Pollinators” campaign to for your yard and garden, roadside or farm. Get involved, take the Minnesota Pollinator Promise now, and do one small step to help pollinators.
Share your pledge on social media with the hashtag #MNpollinatorhero. Like the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @mnagriculture.
Best Management Practices developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and its partners can help you to reduce harmful impacts on pollinators, and improve and create new pollinator habitats.
A brochure has been developed to help beekeepers and pesticide applicators understand Minnesota's Bee Kill Compensation program.
Neighbors across the state are already making a big impact on pollinators and their habitat. Read more about their efforts. You can also take advantage of federal and state programs to help you establish new habitat. More info from the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources.
For two Todd County landowners, renting a hard-to-find “no-till drill” through the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was one of the keys to getting their pollinator habitat projects off the ground.
Thanks to the Clear Lake Township board, what started out as a plain field has transformed into a flourishing park with walking paths and pollinator habitat.
The first thing that’s striking about Carmen Fernholz of A-Frame Farms in Madison, Minnesota, is that, even after 40 years as a farmer, he’s still actively engaged in learning – in this case, about the plight of Minnesota’s insect pollinators.
Jim Benson isn’t a conservation expert; he simply saw a problem and knew he wanted to be a part of the solution.