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pollinators

POLLINATORS IN DECLINE GLOBALLY

As residents living on this beautiful blue planet, we are all interconnected and nothing exemplifies this more than Earth's ecosystems. They are humanity’s life support system. These delicate environs depend on pollinators to regenerate finely tuned elements to ensure continuity. Whether mammal, animal or insect, should these pollinators disappear, the impact on humanity would be considerable. Previous studies indicate that the number of pollinators may be falling, but until now, there has been no investigation of how they are faring on a global level. A new international study does just that and it's ringing a very loud warning bell.

Pollinators in Decline Globally

As residents living on this beautiful blue planet, we are all interconnected and nothing exemplifies this more than our ecosystems. They are humanity’s life support system. These delicate environs depend on pollinators to regenerate finely tuned elements to ensure continuity. Whether mammal, animal or insect, should these pollinators disappear the impact on humanity would be considerable. Not only from an economic and food security point-of-view but right down to the breath we take. Previous studies indicate that the number of pollinators may be falling, but until now, there has been no investigation of how they are faring at a global level. A new international study does just that and it's ringing a very loud warning bell.

Saving the Monarch

The eastern population of Monarch butterflies are known for their extraordinary migration north from Mexico, through the mid-west United States and on into Canada. The one way trip is over 4800 miles -- the longest insect migration on Earth. They’ve traversed this route for thousands of years, but within the last 20 years, their populations have mysteriously plummeted 90%. Fewer than 50 million butterflies made it to Mexico last winter – a fraction of the population once estimated at 1 billion. So the Obama administration recently launched an initiative to halt the death spiral of the Monarch butterfly. But how effective will it be?

The Wildflower Initiative

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
Lady Bird Johnson, 1912-2007

Often referred to as Nature's paintbrush, wildflowers are one of Earth's great stand alones. Fiercely independent, they grow without cultivation. Equally at home in the wild or in your backyard, their colourful pedals evolved over 100 million years in partnership with one of the most important pollinators in the history of humankind -- the honeybee.

Wildflower Initiative: Make it a Pollination Party

Start by connecting with nature in a learning way. Take a walk with family and friends to experience the landscape. Look for pollinators in sunny planted areas. Take you time. Watch how they work, but don't startle them. Pollinators happily share in the learning experience as long as you don't get too close.

Wildflower Initiative: The Art of the Scatter


Why Scatter Wildflowers Seeds?

There are over 20,000 species of wildflowers in North America belonging to 300 different families adding colour and beauty to our landscapes. But their importance goes well beyond eye candy. Aside from providing quality habitat for pollinators, many native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs are important components when it comes to our physical well being. Hundreds are medicinal herbs and only 10% have been documented.

Native Wildflowers Zone Maps

Plants evolve over time in response to climate and interactions with other species. Indigenous or native wildflowers possess specific traits that help them uniquely adapt to local conditions. Plants introduced from other parts of the world are referred to as 'naturalized'. Both grow on their own in nature without cultivation.

Wildflowers in Your Area - Zone Maps & Guide Sources

Wildflower Initiative: Templates

Edit these templates to reflect your specific request.

a) seeking permission - letter or email:

City, Address

Dear Sirs: We are undertaking an initiative to plant native wildflower seeds in the ____insert area here ______________ on _______insert date here_____________to enhance the growth of native habitats to support our honeybees and other pollinator populations.

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