Butterfly Pavilion is working in partnership with the City of Westminster planning department to provide information to the community regarding honeybees and backyard beekeeping. Butterfly Pavilion was instrumental in creating the verbiage to legalize backyard beekeeping within the City of Westminster. We offer programming through classes and online platforms, as well as bee products in our gift shop. Butterfly Pavilion will also work with local cities to evaluate the appropriateness of beekeeping on open space land and the role of honeybees in the environment.
Why are pollinators beneficial?
Bees and other insects are essential for the pollination of many food crops, like blueberries and almonds. They also ensure the success of wild flowering plants, which support many other species of animals. One out of every three bites of food we eat is the result of pollination by bees. And over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals. And don’t forget without pollination, chocolate and coffee would not exist!
Are pollinator populations declining?
Yes, especially in the bee populations. Development and certain agricultural practices have disturbed or fragmented habitat bees need for foraging and nesting. Poorly managed use of pesticides and herbicides can result in vulnerability to diseases, parasites and death.
What can you do to be a Pollinator Protector?
You can do a lot! Limit or don’t use pesticides, plant flowers that provide nectar and pollen and extend the blooming season by deadheading old flowers to produce new flowers. You can provide trees, shrubs and groundcovers for shelter and learn more about bees and other pollinators by visiting www.butterflies.org!
It is our hope through the concerted efforts of Butterfly Pavilion and invested community members that we will continue to enjoy the beauty and benefits of pollinators well into the future.