Meet the Pollinators
There are many different types of pollinators in Massachusetts, from native bees to beetles to hummingbirds. Pollinators help plants reproduce by spreading a powdery material called pollen among flowers to help them reproduce. Animals, primarily bees, pollinate most plants that produce fruits and vegetables. Pollinators don’t just help plants; they also rely on the plants provide them with energy-rich nectar and protein-rich pollen helping them to survive and reproduce. We rely on pollinators for our food as they rely on the plants for their nourishment. Click here for information on Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod. Below are some resources to learn more about pollinators.
- Pollinator Pathways Northeast
- Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod
- Protect Our Pollinators
- Stichter, Sharon (2014) The Butterflies of Massachusetts
- Tallamy, Douglas W. (2007) Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Timber Press, Inc., Portland, London.
- UMass Extension – Tina Smith (2015) Pollinators, Neonicotinoids and Greenhouse Production
- UMass - Planting for Pollinators
- Darke, Rick & Doug Tallamy (2014) The Living Landscape: Designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. Timber Press, Inc., Portland, London.
- Butterflies of Massachusetts
- New England Native Plants Initiatives
- Scientific Studies supporting Pollinator Pathways
- Protect Our Pollinators Resource sheets