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Good News for Pollinators: Increasing Native Habitat

Editor’s note:  Frequent media coverage on the critical state of pollinator populations – including butterflies and bees – has brought the importance of restoring native pollinator habitat to the attention of the public. And thankfully there has been a great response.  We talked recently with PRI’s Mike Evenocheck to get an update on what’s happening.

 

Interviewer:  Mike, can we talk a bit about pollinator habitat, especially for butterflies and bees?  I know this field is an extremely important one in terms of native landscape restoration.   How has the public responded to the need to create this type of habitat?

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Mike:  I would say in my 20 years working at Prairie Restorations, Inc., there has never been a time when there has been this much interest in our company and in the services and products we provide.

Many people are stepping up and doing their part to create native habitat on their properties – no matter how much land they own.  They sense how important this is and that the time to act is now.

Just ten minutes ago, I was out in a plot on our farm here at Princeton – the meadow blazing star plot – taking pictures of monarch butterflies flitting about the flowers. Meadow blazing star is the favorite nectar source of the monarch.  Depending on the time of year, there can be literally hundreds of monarchs in this one small plot – an amazing sight to see.  And it’s a testament to the notion of “build it and they will come.”

As we all know, the monarch population is reaching critical levels. But by having people planting milkweed in many areas of the country, headway is being made. 

There’s still a long way to go, but it’s amazing to see the concerted effort that is being made to help out.  Great organizations such as Monarch Joint Venture are really stepping up and making great progress on a national scale.

 

Anyone with a desire to help support healthy populations of pollinators like honeybees, butterflies, and other species can get involved.  Whether you’re a homeowner with a corner in your backyard you’d like to convert to a pollinator-friendly garden plot, a farmer with available ditches and field edges, or a business that would like to convert an area of turf grass to a native landscape, we’re here to help.  Our ‘Sowing it Back Together’  pollinator kits make it easy to do so on a small scale.  For larger properties, contact us to discuss how we can help you make a difference in this very important endeavor. 

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