Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. Despite their recognized importance, some pollinators are in decline. The reasons for this are difficult to pinpoint, but the loss of floral diversity and habitats from our landscapes is a major concern. Increasing urbanization, expansion of intensive agriculture, invasive plants, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites all play a role.
The good news is that there are steps we all can take to increase the resilience of pollinator populations to cope with changes in our environment. Scott Hoffman Black, the Executive Director of The Xerces Society for Inverteberate Conservation discusses the importance of insect pollinators, outline the groups of insects that provide pollination services in North America, and present straightforward actions that each and every one of us can take to protect and provide habitat for pollinators.