Most fruit, vegetable, and seed crops are pollinated by animals. It is estimated that one out of every three bites of food exists because of pollinators! Sign the Operation Pollination pledge to say yes to helping all of our pollinator species!
What is a pollinator?
A pollinator is an animal species that helps carry pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant. This helps the plant fertilize and produce fruits and seeds; which produces more plants and food. There are many different animal species that are pollinators. Most people think of bees and butterflies as the sole animal pollinators. But certain flies, beetles, birds, and bats are also pollinators!
Why should we help pollinators?
With the increase in building homes and businesses, many natural habitats get destroyed. This creates a loss of shelter and a food source for many plants and animals. With no shelter and food, the pollinators have no where to go!
How can I help?
- Grow a pollinator garden in your yard! Even if you do not have a yard, you can still grow native plants in pots or in community gardens! Make sure you have a diverse grouping of native, pollinator friendly plants.
- Keep in mind that many plants bloom at different times of the year. By having different flowers in bloom in spring, summer, and fall, you will provide a food source for different animals throughout the year. And your yard will look nice most of the year!
- Keep leaf litter! Leaf litter is a great winter home for many wood-nesting bees and beetles. It can also serve as a natural fertilizer.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides. If you think it is necessary to use them, see if there are any natural alternatives.
- Get your neighbors and friends involved! The more natural gardens, the better!
- Sign the pledge! Sign and return this form to the Sunrise Rotary Club. Operation Pollination form
Want more information? Check out these websites to see how you can plant pollinator-friendly habitats!
Johnson’s Nursery Native Plant Guide
Thank you to these organizations for partnering with Operation Pollination: Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary, Mequon Nature Preserve, and City of Mequon.
Make sure to check out the native garden, planted by Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary, located at the Gateway to Mequon.