This week, help NRCS celebrate National Pollinator Week by:
Today NRCS is celebrating National Endangered Species Day by spotlighting how farmers, ranchers and forest landowners make voluntary improvements to their land, helping save habitats for at-risk, threatened and endangered species.
Through NRCS’ Working Lands for Wildlife partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, owners and managers of working lands receive funding and technical assistance to create and enhance wildlife habitat for many different species, including those facing population peril.
Here are seven remarkable creatures that benefit from habitat enhancements when farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners work with NRCS:
Species 1: The lesser prairie-chicken is a grassland-nesting bird of the southern Great Plains. Photo by Linda Rockwell, NRCS.
Species 2: NRCS works with owners and managers of working lands to create thickets, the perfect habitat for the New England cotton tail. NRCS photo.
Species 3: NRCS works with owners and managers of working lands to enhance the landscape around rivers and streams to help the southwestern willow flycatcher. NRCS photo.
Species 4: The greater sage grouse thrives in the sagebrush landscape of the West. NRCS photo.
Species 5: The gopher tortoise is the keystone species of the Southeast’s longleaf pine forests. More than 300 species depend on gopher tortoise burrows.
Species 6: Bog turtles serve as a good indicator of clean water and healthy wetlands. NRCS photo.
Species 7: The golden wing warbler depends on thick, shrubby habitat, and NRCS is helping owners and managers of working lands enhance habitat for them. Photo by Greg Lavaty, NRCS.
Learn more about how farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners help bring back these remarkable creatures here.
Do you like eating apples, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate, almonds, peaches or pumpkins? You can thank pollinators.
In fact, one-third of our food comes from animal and insect-pollinated plants. Pollinators play a critical part in our food infrastructure and ag economy. Unfortunately, they’re in trouble.
Bees, bats and other pollinators face many challenges in the modern world. Habitat loss, disease, parasites and environmental contaminants have all contributed to the decline of many species of pollinators.
We can help them. There are many things you can do to attract and nourish pollinators. They’ll more than repay the favor.