Pollinators Need Our Help!
A global decline in pollinator populations, termed the “pollinator crisis,” has received national attention because not only ecosystem health, but also food security and thus human welfare, are at risk. Pollination is required for successful reproduction in 85% of flowering species and 35% of food crops worldwide (that’s 1 in every 3 bites of food).
For migratory pollinators such as bats, hummingbirds and the Monarch butterfly, it is critical to identify and protect nectar corridors along their journey. If there is no nectar available along their route at the time of their migration, part of the population will not survive. Nectar sources near where pesticides and herbicides are sprayed, or bedding plants from seeds treated with neonicotinoids insecticides affect insect central nervous systems leading to paralysis and death.
Habitat loss is also a main driver of the pollinator crisis. Creating pollinator habitat is important if we want to solve the pollinator crisis. Friends of the Verde River is supporting multiple pollinator habitat projects in the Verde Valley, working to support pollinators in the watershed, build ecosystem health, and support robust agricultural systems for vegetable and fruit farmers.