Serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

pollinator pocket

Do your part to save the pollinators - the bees, butterflies, moths, and other insects critical to our food supply and human survival.

Plant a "pocket" of flowers that attract and nurture pollinators in your own yard.  The pollinator pockets described on this site will make it easy to select, plant and maintain.

You may not realize that manicured lawns, exotic plantings, and enticing hybrids and cultivars often provide no value to pollinators.  By placing pollinator pockets into your landscape, you provide an oasis for pollinators.  Now that's sweet!

 

Why Care About Pollinators?

Just imagine your dining table without the delectable fruits of apples, blueberries, cherries and peaches or the versatile pumpkin or zucchini. Flowering plants and their associated pollinators are responsible for the vast majority of our food: an estimated one out of every four mouthfuls of food and beverage. Pollinators are also crucial, directly or indirectly, for production of dyes, medicines and fibers such as cotton. 

Pollinators also sustain plant communities by pollinating native plants that provide food, nesting and shelter for wildlife. Pollinators include butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, bats, flies and wasps. In North America 99% of pollinators are insects and of those, most are bees.

Unfortunately pollinators are in perilous decline. Yet gardeners can be a positive influence on pollinator populations and diversity if we all do our part to plant pollinator-friendly gardens.

Identifying Pollinators
 

The Xerces Society has Identification Guides for a variety of pollinators.

The USDA Forest Service site provides identification tips and fun facts about various pollinators.

For identification of pollinators, consider these online tools:

If you like photography and want to become involved in citizen scientist bee research and identification, become a BeeSpotter