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Creating a pollinator garden
Creating a pollinator garden on your school grounds provides a fantastic opportunity for your students to learn about pollinator friendly habitat design, soil and water management, biological cycles, and pest management. In addition, once the pollinator garden is built, students can conduct field observations to learn about plant-pollinator interactions. Pollinator gardens can be large or small. Container plantings can also provide multiple educational opportunities.
Monitoring Plant Pollinator Interactions
Pollinators and plants represent one of the most important mutualisms on our planet. Nearly 90% of flowering plants use pollinators to move pollen among flowers and individual plans, allowing them to set seed and fruit. Pollinators obtain both nectar and pollen from plants, which provides them with their carbohydrates (nectar) and proteins and lipids (pollen). Plants have evolved to attract different kinds of pollinators and have traits to be more attractive to certain types of pollinators, known as “pollination syndromes”.
Nearly 90% of flowering plant species and 75% of our global agricultural crops use pollinators to set seed and produce fruit (Klein et al., 2016; Ollerton et al., 2011). However, in 2006 beekeepers and farmers started to notice significant losses in bees. These losses have continued over time.