Almost 90 per cent of the world's plants rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies for fertilization and reproduction, including over 70 per cent of the major crops that feed us — everything from apples, tomatoes, raspberries and peppers to chocolate, coffee and almonds.
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But pollinators are in trouble. Honeybee populations have been in serious decline. Canada's 800+ species of wild bees are experiencing similar problems. And species like monarch butterflies are at historic lows.
The good news: We can all play a part in bringing back the bees and butterflies!
- GROW milkweed and other butterfly and bee-friendly native wildflowers in your yard or balcony
- AVOID using pesticides or herbicides in your yard or garden
- CONTACT at least one school, faith group, business or other institution in your neighbourhood about planting a butterfly garden
- CALL local garden centres and nurseries to ask them to stock their shelves with native milkweed and pollinator-friendly plants
- TAKE ONLINE ACTION:support the growing movement to ban neonicotinoids and to help bring monarchs back from the brink