For most of us, the word ‘pollinator’ brings to mind non-native honeybees. Wild pollinators, however, are the most widespread and numerous of all pollinators. This includes native wild bees, wasps, flies, ants, butterflies, moths and certain beetles, birds and bats.
Wild pollinators contribute significantly to many agricultural crops, helping to produce over one-third of the food we eat. They also play a key role in the survival of a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants —along with the wildlife that depend on this flora for food and shelter. Their services contribute an estimated $60 billion dollars (U.S.) to the North American economy.
Sounds great, right? There’s just one problem: pollinator populations are now facing a sharp decline, threatening our ecological, human and economic health.
The once-abundant rusty-patched bumblebee is a good example of the competing factors responsible for the widespread decline in wild pollinator populations.
Even your $2 gift will make a big difference. All donations help protect Ontario’s wild pollinators by creating and protecting critical pollinator habitats, raising public awareness about the importance of pollinators, and fostering cities that embrace pollinator-friendly practices.
Please consider making your gift today in support of Ontario’s wild pollinators.
Ron Corkum, a retired environmental chemist, was Ontario Nature’s Carolinian East regional board director. A long-time member of Ontario Nature with a keen interest in conservation, Ron has been a regular volunteer for the charity since 2014.