By Matthew Shepherd, Mace Vaughan, and Scott Hoffman Black
In an increasingly urbanized nation, parks and greenspaces make a significant contribution to the vitality of local communities, including by offering a healthy environment.
At the core of a healthy environment are pollinators, animals that move pollen among flowers, thus ensuring that the plants can form seeds and fruits. These beautiful animals not only keep plants healthy in the park-which in turn provide homes and food for other wildlife-but also benefit nearby natural areas and neighboring gardens or farms. Like all wildlife, pollinators are losing places to live and the essential service they provide is at risk. Conserving them is becoming an increasingly urgent concern.
Pollinator-Friendly Parks contains practical advice on how to provide for the habitat needs of native bees and butterflies — including choosing plants that offer nectar and pollen, hostplants for caterpillars, and creating nest sites for solitary bees and bumble bees — in parks, gardens, and greenspaces in towns and cities.