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Pollinators & Native Plants

Pollinators are the butterflies, bugs, birds, and bats who help our plants thrive and propagate. Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. 

These tiny creatures travel from plant to plant, bringing pollen on their bodies from one flower to the next. Without this process, flowering plants can’t reproduce.

Today, most pollinator populations are threatened by loss of food and habitat. Their migration patterns are shifting with climate change, and toxic chemicals are poisoning their food supply. 

But there is so much we can do to help. Native plants evolved to support pollinators and other key species who pollinators need (like White Oak trees feeding caterpillars, which feed birds). 

Native plants bring many other benefits as well. Since they are adapted to local conditions, native plants require far less water than other species. They pull carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil. And because they are adapted to the local ecosystem, they do not require the huge amounts of fertilizers and pesticides that non-native species need to survive.

Birds, bees, bats, and other insects rely on native plants for food and shelter, so planting these species helps support pollinators and, in turn, the many plants that need them to survive.

For more information on pollinators, visit:

  • Xerces Society (link)

  • Pollinator Partnership (link)

For more information on native plants, visit: 

  • National Audubon Society (link)

  • US Forest Service (link)

  • Native landscaping in New Jersey (link)

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