What is “Pollination” and why is it so Important?

Pollination is necessary for plants to reproduce and grow.  Pollination is the transfer of a “male” pollen grain to a “female” flower part to allow reproduction to occur.  Reproduction, of course, is required for the continuation of a species.

While some plants are able to pollinate themselves without the help of an animal (e.g., wind pollination), science tells us that an incredible amount of plants require pollination to be facilitated by an animal (like a bee or other pollinator species).

The number of plants that require an “animal source” is greater than 85% of all plant species on Earth. Imagine what our grocery store shelves would look like if there were no pollinators!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Links to Navigate Operation Pollination:

Introduction

Why the Focus on Pollinators?

What are some examples of a “Pollinator?”

What is a Pollinator Garden or Landscape?

What is the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Pollinator Garden?

What are the Phases of Establishing a Pollinator Garden?

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