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What Are Pollinators?

Pollinators are ian important part of all ecosystems, including Minnesota's lakeshore habitats.  Pollinators include insects such as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and many more.  These small animals play a large role in sustaining plant populations that stabilize soil, store carbon, purify runoff, and beautify the landscapte.  You can support pollinators by taking a few simple steps on your own property.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Include diverse flowering plants along your shoreline.  Pollinators seek nectar, pollen, and/or nesting sites throughout the season, so a variety of plants will provide continuous food and shelter.
  • Plant at least three species that bloom in each season.  This helps pollinators to find resources in spring, summer, and fall.
  • Select native or heirloom varieties of plants because they offer easy access to pollen and nectar.  Hybrid varieties might not be accessible to pollinators.
  • Keep shrubs and trees on your property.  Bees rely on willows early in the spring, and 30% of bee species nest in beetle tunnels in dead, standing trees.
  • Leave bare patches of soil because 70% of bee species nest underground.
  • Avoid using insecticides (which are designed to kill insects - including pollinators like bees and butterflies.  When buying plants or seeds, ask the staff at your nursery if they were treated with neonicotinoids.  These "neonics" are harmful to pollinators.

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