Survey: How pollinator-friendly is your landscape?

One of the best ways to help pollinators is to first find out how pollinator-friendly is your yard and garden right now? We have developed this survey to help people find out how their backyard measures up on plants, habitat, and gardening practices that help bees and other beneficial insects. Enter your email to receive a copy of your survey and responses as well as links to resources that will help you create a backyard that is not only beautiful, but beneficial to pollinators. Note: The University of Minnesota will never sell or distribute your email as per our privacy policy. We might reach out and ask how your garden is doing however.

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Honey bee on Old Mexico zinnia

Sometimes just raising awareness can help solve a problem.

For example, someone Surveycard2previously afraid of bees learns that most bees are non-aggressive and unlikely to sting a human. Armed with that awareness, the person is now calm when a bee is buzzing around.  Observation and study like Flowers for Pollinators forces an observer to be still and quiet, and to pay attention to insects large and small on the flowers. They learn (or re-learn in some cases) observation skills and increase their awareness of the kinds of flowers insects seem to like.

To encourage this “citizen science”, we’ve added brief survey cards to our F4P gardens to encourage visitors to be still, observe and share in the study of the plant-pollinator interaction. We hope you will be still, observe and share what you see with us when you visit one or more of these sites!

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