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Extinction is Forever

Are Urban Citizen Pollinator Gardens Needed?

In 2016, the UN announced a sobering statistic. Nearly 40% of insect pollinators are in danger of becoming extinct. This could have drastic consequences on food supplies and on plant and animal life. Native bees need our help to survive and thrive, and raising Mason bees is one way to help. Mason bees stay close to home and pollinate a variety of plants, and their houses provide habitats for other types of wild bees. Raising Mason bees will help you see your backyard in a new light.

 

A growing number of pollinator species that are key to the world’s food supply are headed towards extinction, warns a new United Nations report—one of the first global assessments of pollinators.

 

 

A recent global assessment of the status of pollinators highlighted that around three-quarters of food crops depend on pollination, making pollinators worth up to US$577 billion annually, half of which comes from wild pollinators. However, pollinator populations are declining rapidly, with 9% or more of many wild bee and butterfly species facing local extinction.

 

The majority of pollinator species are wild, including more than 20,000 species of bees, some species of flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, birds, bats and other vertebrates. Currently, 16 per cent of vertebrate pollinators, and more than 40 per cent of invertebrate pollinators, are facing globalextinction.Dec 6, 2016

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