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Status of Pollinators in North America

This report discusses the serious decline in long-term population trends for some North American pollinators—bees, birds, bats, and other animals and insects that spread pollen for plant fertilization.   Published by the National Research Council, they call for stepped-up efforts to monitor these creatures and improve understanding of their basic ecology. Research indicates that shortages of pollinators for agriculture already exist and that decreases in wild pollinator populations could disrupt ecosystems in the future. Copies are available from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242