CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, causes an average loss of 30% of beehives annually since 2006.
Obviously, bees are not the only pollinators on earth. They are, however, the largest contributors to animal pollination. Other pollinators include bats, butterflies, insects, and birds. In honor of National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, we have the basic information you will need to join the fight to save our pollinators.
First, Some Statistics
It’s important to understand just what pollinators do and why saving them has become so important. You can see the tremendous impact they have on our food supply and our economy in these statistics:
Also, according to a 2016 United Nations committee report, up to 16% of vertebrate pollinators, like birds and bats, and 9% of insect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are threatened with extinction. Keep reading for the causes and suggestions for what you can do to help pollinators in your area.