Birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects are the world’s pollinators. They take pollen from flowering plants to others of the same species in order for those plants to create seeds and reproduce. Pollination is responsible for the continued existence of flowering plants on our planet. But due to climate change, habitat loss, disease, and pesticide use, these important pollinators are in decline. Although we aren’t going to solve the problems of a changing climate by growing flowers, we still can make small changes in our own lives and homes that have a positive impact. By planting just one bee-friendly plant, or by putting a bee bath in our gardens, we are giving pollinators a chance to survive.
That’s why we have created this guide to planting for pollinators in the state of Oregon, including some activities to support the bees.