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Critical pollinator and wildlife habitat is disappearing in the U.S. – but we can reverse the trend! With the help of generous corporate sponsors and individual donors, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is establishing high quality pollinator habitat to ensure honey bee and monarch butterfly populations thrive. We’re working with landowners, conservationists, scientists and beekeepers to build healthy and sustainable pollinator habitat with maximum benefits. Our solution precisely targets pollinators’ needs by engineering projects that provide appropriate bloom diversity, density and duration to optimize forage potential.
We identify private, public and corporate projects with the highest potential to create pollinator habitat, then design a precision habitat mix to maximize pollinator support on that individual project. Each project will receive free pollinator seed mixes, or heavily discounted pricing depending on the size of the project and the guidance to prepare, establish and maintain the project for a minimum of 5 years.
Beginning as a pilot program in two states in 2015 and 2016, we’ve expanded our efforts to 6 states in 2017 and now 12 states in 2018. From our pilot program beginnings, we’ve already established 225 pollinator projects on 2,560 acres in just 3 years. The 12 states available for pollinator project assistance in 2018 were selected based on their critical importance to monarch butterfly recovery effort, honey bee health and the role they play with pollinator habitat and health impacts.
Problem: Up to 40% of America's honey bees die each winter.
Solution: Provide good nutrition to ensure a bounty of honey bees and mitigate their stress, developing stronger, healthier populations for the next year's pollination cycle.
Problem: The eastern population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 90% in just 1 decade.
Solution: Provide milkweeds for monarch butterflies to reproduce. If we have no milkweeds, we have no monarchs!
Problem: Critical wildlife habitat is disappearing.
Solution: Rebuild vital pollinator habitat to provide abundant, diverse and pesticide-free floral resources.
Problem: 1/3 of our food supply requires pollinators to make it to the table - and pollinators are in decline.
Solution: Nutrition is the most basic and fundamental requirement for healthy pollinators - provide it in the form of precision habitats.
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Recently, the Honey Bill Health Coalition – along with input from members of the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund (BBHF) – provided several principles to policymakers working on the next Farm Bill. The critical role the Farm Bill could play by impacting agricultural policy that supports honey bees and the country’s overall agriculture was highlighted in a letter. Read More.
"The future security of America's food supply depends
on healthy honey bees."
Did you know? 80% of flowering plants require pollination by honey bees and other insects. Do you like almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, kiwi fruit, macadamia nuts, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, onions, legume seeds, pumpkins, squash, and sunflowers? You can’t have them without bees! In fact, 1 in 3 bites of food depend on a pollinator to make it to your plate!
The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s habitat program provides proven pollinator benefits including high-quality forage for honey bees and other pollinators across the entire growing season. Preliminary data shows that NextGen Habitat Projects support some of the highest abundance and diversity of plants preferred by honey bees and other pollinators. “High-quality forage goes hand-in-hand with pollinator health and productivity,” said Dr. Clint Otto, Research Ecologist with the US Geologic Survey.
With your support, we will continue making a measurable difference. From the humble beginnings of a pilot program in 2015 working in two states, we’ve grown and expanded to a 12-state region in 2018. In 3 short years, we’ve established high-quality pollinator habitat on 225 projects that established 2,559 acres. That’s a nice start, but there is so much more to accomplish.