National Pollinator Week is being celebrated from June 20-26 this year, and this is a great time to think about creating welcoming habitat for pollinators in your wildlife garden.
There are lots of activities being planned to celebrate pollinators, so it should be easy to find some in your area.
Usually when we hear the word “pollinators” we think of bees, and most often to many people that means honeybees. But did you know that there are many native bees that are really struggling due to habitat loss? Pollinator conservation can be a primary goal of your habitat garden as you learn to provide for all of their needs.
In addition to native bees, our pollinators also include butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, some bats, and even flies and beetles. And your ecosystem garden can be a welcoming oasis for many of these species.
You can attract native pollinators by understanding all of the life-cycle needs of the pollinators in your area. It’s not just about planting nectar plants, it’s about providing safe nesting sites, and the specific habitat elements required by each species.
But don’t stop at bees!
- Hummingbird Moth
Here’s some other tips for attracting different pollinators:
- Attract butterflies to your wildlife garden
- Design your habitat garden for moths
- Discover planting guides for pollinators for every region in the country
- Learn how different types of pollinators use different flowers
My friend Gail Eichelberger has been studying and photographing all of the various pollinators in her garden. She’s written an amazing series documenting the pollinators she’s seen at Clay and Limestone. (Scroll down to the bottom of that post to see links to the rest of the series). And while you’re there, leave her some nice comments about this wonderful series. Tell her Carole sent you 🙂
What are you doing to create welcoming habitat for pollinators in your wildlife garden?