Pollinators are essential to the health of our natural ecosystems and the agricultural economy worldwide. It is estimated that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators like bees, flies, beetles, butterflies, birds and bats. Populations of many pollinator species are in decline due to habitat loss and misuse of pesticides.

Protecting, enhancing, or providing habitats are some of the best ways to conserve pollinators.

You can play a vital role in helping pollinators. Make your land, however small or large, safe for pollinators through a few simple actions:

  • Choose a variety of locally grown, pesticide free native plants
  • Select a mixture of flower colors, shapes, and bloom times
  • Try to provide blooming plants from early spring to late fall
  • Place plants in groups to help pollinators find food using less energy
  • Provide clean water with a pond, birdbath, or pebble-lined dish
  • Leave flower seed heads and leaves on plants until spring
  • Eliminate pesticides from your garden

NH Audubon has been working on pollinator conservation for several years through research, land management, and public outreach. Pollinator gardens are established at both the McLane and Massabesic Centers. The goal of these gardens is to demonstrate and share best practices for creating pollinator friendly spaces in your own backyard.

Project Leader: Diane de Luca

Check out these brochures for more information.

Upcoming Pollinator Events:

Photos, from the top: Bumblebee on Purple Cone Flower by Diane De Luca, Monarch Butterfly on Common Milkweed by Walter Keane.