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Pollination

Pollinators are critical to the Nation’s economy, food security, and environmental health. Use this guide to find information on attracting pollinators

Animal Pollinators

Pollinators in Decline

 Pollinators such as  Honey Bees, native bees, and other insect pollinators  provide an extremely valuable service to society. Unfortunately, their numbers are in decline. Pollinators are struggling. Beekeepers report losses of 40% of honey bees colonies threatening their viability and essential pollination service that the bees provide to agriculture. Monarch butterflies are also threatened.

That is why last June 2015, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum to initiate a task force with a strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.

 Today under the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

the task force has three goals:

  1. "Reduce honey bees colony losses to economically sustainable levels;
  2. Increase monarch butterfly numbers to protect the annual migration; and 
  3. Restore of enhance millions of acres of land for the pollinators through combined public and private action."

EPA Pollinator Protection