Help Pollinators Thrive
Many species of pollinators are experiencing dramatic declines. For example, populations of three bumblebee species in the eastern United States have declined by over 90 percent in the past 30 years. Populations of native bees and other pollinators are threatened by climate change, pesticide exposure, habitat degradation and agricultural intensification, declining populations of native flowering plants, and introduced pathogens.
Fortunately, there are ways to help—and small changes can make a big difference.
- Try mowing less of your lawn and converting the rest to a garden, or raise your mower to a higher setting to let violets and other small flowers remain.
- Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides, which can kill pollinators and the plants they rely on.
- Buy or build a bee hotel, a structure for bees to nest in; many garden centers are starting to carry them.
Picture yourself standing in a meadow bursting with wildflowers, seeing the first cherry blossoms after a long winter, or enjoying a ripe, juicy blueberry. These delights and many more wouldn’t exist without a group of animals called pollinators. Meet our native pollinators >
Pollinators at Mass Audubon
One major way to make a positive impact on pollinators—and beautify an outdoor space—is to plant a native pollinator garden. See our tips for creating one >
Native Plants for Pollinators
Speak Up for Pollinators
Pollinators statewide are under threat from climate change, pesticide exposure, habitat degradation, and agricultural intensification. Help protect pollinators across Massachusetts by urging your state legislators to support proposals that put conservation first. Learn more about these priority bills >