Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World

Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World

by Jodi Helmer

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Overview

We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent.

Protecting Pollinators explores why the statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed. Jodi Helmer breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation initiatives. Efforts include famers reducing pesticides, cities creating butterfly highways, volunteers ripping up invasive plants, gardeners planting native flowers, and citizen scientists monitoring migration. 

Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. They will also be reminded of the magic of pollinators—not only the iconic monarch and dainty hummingbird, but the drab hawk moth and homely bats that are just as essential. Without pollinators, the world would be a duller, blander place. Helmer shows how we can make sure they are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610919364
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 654,326
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jodi Helmer writes about food and farming while tending gardens and keeping bees on a small homestead in North Carolina. She is the author of six books, including Farm Fresh Georgia and Growing Your Own Tea Garden.
 

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                                                       
Chapter 1. Bees and Beyond 
Chapter 2. No Place Like Home 
Chapter 3. Taming Toxics 
Chapter 4. The Need for Native Plants 
Chapter 5. Lessons from a Warming Planet  
Chapter 6. Helping without Hurting
Chapter 7. Stand Up and Be Counted  

Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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