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Did you know that one in every three bites of food we eat, from vegetables and fruits to seeds and nuts, is the result of pollination?  Pollination is the transfer of genetic material between plants, and can be enabled by wind, gravity, or by animals such as insects, birds and bats.  Nearly three-quarters of flowering plants rely on animal pollinators to develop seeds and fruits.  However many pollinators, including bees, butterflies and bats, have fallen on tough times and need our help.  In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” to highlight the seriousness of declining pollinator populations.  Scientists have noticed, for instance, that the number of monarch butterflies has dropped steeply in recent years.  An article by Michael Wines in the January 29, 2014 New York Times stated that “…the yearly winter migration of monarch butterflies…dwindled precipitously in December….“ 

You can attract pollinators to your garden by eliminating lawns, planting a variety of nectar-producing plants (especially natives), providing water, and avoiding pesticides. 

To find books in the library on attracting pollinators to your garden, look under the subject headings:  Gardening to Attract Wildlife, Butterfly Gardening, Gardening to Attract Birds, and Native Plant Gardening California.

 how to grow food in harmony with nature      how to create a bird-friendly backyard      how to attract bees, butterflies, birds, and other animals

 the Xerces Society guide     The forgotten pollinators      a migrating with the butterflies of passage

 caught in the mystery of the monarch butterfly      why all bees are at risk and what we can do to save them      creating backyard and balcony habitats for wildlife

 wildlife gardening with kids     The wildlife gardener's guide     Attracting birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife

 the homeowner's design guide to restoring its beauty and balance     Growing California native plants      gardening with the plants of California

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Posted by: Tami

Tami is a librarian at the Corte Madera Library.

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