Protecting pollinators is one of our top priorities!
The Marquette County Conservation District recognizes the essential role that pollinators have in our society. Pollinators are responsible for 1/3 of the food we eat, and the best way to support pollinators is by creating habitat for them! Each year MCCD makes it a priority to take on several native gardening projects in order to increase pollinator habitat in Marquette County.
How can you help pollinators?
Listed below are some recommendations from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on both honeybee and pollinator habitat improvements. As we know, pollinators - and bees in particular - have been facing extreme declines in their population numbers. There are a few theories as to what is causing this decline, but habitat loss and overuse of pesticides are thought to be the two main culprits.
Using native plants creates quality habitat for pollinators and reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers that may harm pollinator species! Many of the species listed on the native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and plants for honeybees are available for purchase from our annual Tree Sale and Wildflower Sale. Check out our offerings this year when it comes time to planning your garden and yard space!