• Plant for Pollinator Top 5

    3 days ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Happy National Pollinator Week! Bees, butterflies and other animals pollinate most wild plants, as well as at least a third of our food. Pollinators have been declining though due to habitat loss and the lack of nectar and pollen resources.
    You can make a difference in your own garden. No matter how large, pollinator gardens with native plants can have a huge impact! There are a lot of great choices for different seasons and conditions - see “What to Plant” on our Plant For Pollinators page. Here are our Top Five choices:
    Swamp Milkweed:

    Besides being one of the most important caterpillar...
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  • Happy National Pollinator Week!

    Happy National Pollinator Week!

    3 days ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Happy National Pollinator Week! Pollinators do a lot, sustaining wild ecosystems and providing 35% of our food. But what are pollinators? Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen in flowers between plants. Bees, of which there are 16,000 species worldwide and over 400 in Minnesota, are by the far the most important group of pollinators. Bees provide $24 billion to our economy annually (including $15 billion from the European honey bee). Butterflies are also important, but they really are accidental pollinators since they do not collect pollen like bees and only visit flowers for...
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