The Manitou Pollinators are a group of concerned residents who take the plight of Pollinators seriously.
The role of Pollinators is critical to our food supply and ecosystems.Their decline has been documented world-wide and reported by the United Nations.
Manitou Springs can help. We can be among those forward thinking cities that want to act locally to effect globally. By enhancing our natural environment, we can make Manitou Springs a more “Pollinator friendly” city.
Manitou Pollinators participants have taken on the role of Pollinator Ambassadors to spread the word of the importance of a healthy environment for Pollinators. Whether talking about our city’s Organic Land Management Policy or the importance of Pollinator-friendly plants, we are “cross-pollinating” many ideas and efforts.
Pollinators are essential to life on earth. Butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, hummingbirds, flies, bats are some of the animals that move pollen between flowers, enabling them to produce seeds. The service these pollinators provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants. The resulting seeds and fruits provide food for other animals ranging from songbirds to grizzly bears.
More than 2/3 of the world’s crop species, whose fruits and seeds together provide over 30% of the foods and beverages that we consume, require the presence of a Pollinator.
There has recently been a rapid decline of Pollinators. Latest estimates are that 41% of insect Pollinators are at risk of extinction, not decline, but extinction! This threat is credited to the use of chemicals, habitat loss and changes in climate.
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