The Pollinator Story
Pollinators need your help!
Our mission is simple. Plant seeds. So with the help of our friend Pete Berthelsen, Director of Habitat Partnerships at Pheasants Forever, we have developed a proprietary pollinator mixture called Pete's Pollinator Mix that makes a beautiful wildflower garden. It contains over 25 varieties of a broad range of wildflower seeds, which includes three varieties of Milkweed for the Monarchs.
In fact it will provide you with a stunning wildflower display designed to attract pollinators that your neighbors will admire.
What is Pollination?
Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred from the anther (male part) to the stigma (female part) of the plant, resulting in the production of fruits and seeds. This takes place in the angiosperms, the flower bearing plants. Some flowers rely on the wind to move pollen, while other rely on insects to move pollen.
Insects visit flowers in search of food and sometimes even mates, shelter and nest-building materials. Some insects, such as many bees, purposely collect pollen, while others, such as many butterflies, move pollen incidentally because the pollen sticks on their body while they collect nectar from flowers.
Why is Pollination Important?
Pollinators play a critical role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Without pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife.
In the United States alone, pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy. Globally, 87 of the leading 115 food crops evaluated are dependent on animal pollinators, contributing 35% of global food production.
Why are Pollinators in Danger?
Simply put, pollinators need your help. There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. There are two primary factors that are contributing to their demise:
1. Habitat Loss
One of the biggest threats facing pollinators is habitat loss. As native vegetation is replaced by urban development, including roadways, commercial and private real estate, pollinators lose habitat necessary for their survival.
The proliferation and improper use of pesticides, particularly in agricultural use, has negatively impacted pollinators and their natural habitats. Pesticides include products such as weed killers and insecticides, which are designed to prevent, destroy or reduce pests, weeds and viruses.
Both bee and butterfly populations have been devastated over the last several decades due to habitat loss and poisoning. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and continue watching this downward trend.
Unfortunately, there is no end in sight until agricultural practices and policies change.
The good news? There is still time to fix the problem...and here's where you can help!
What you can do
Plant seeds! Pete's Pollinator Mix is one of the finest planting mixes ever developed for encouraging the pollinators to thrive. The result will be a beautiful wildflower garden designed to attract our pollinators.
We must act now and change course...one seed at a time. Order your seeds now and start planting!