Sunday, April 25, 2010

Celebrating 55th annual National Stewardship Week!

Pollinators are an important part of a healthy habitat. When hummingbirds visit flowers, they feed on the nectar and pollinate the flowers, which allows plants to produce fruits and seeds. To maintain its calorie intake, a hummingbird can visit between 1,000 to 3,000 flowers a day.

Most of the flowering plants we need and enjoy are pollinated by insects. When the populations of pollinating creatures start to shrink, many plants either produce fewer seeds or no seeds at all. When pollinating creatures start disappearing, plants start disappearing. Pollinators aren’t just annoying insects; they are an important part of the web of life that we all depend upon for survival. Over 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants wouldn’t survive if it weren’t for pollinators. Providing habitat areas will help increase the pollinator population.

Through collaboration with service organizations, schools and others, new habitat areas can be developed or maintained. A variety of programs are available in your community, such as master naturalist, master gardener and others, to assist citizens on how to best design and develop natural areas.

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