Originally featured in the 8-19-2016 Scout Report, this resource continues to be a great place to learn about the importance of pollinators. For tips on how to help protect them, check out the young stewards section.
The National Park Service has created an online guide to some of nature's most prominent pollinators, including hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, and bees. As the site notes, "More than 75 percent of the Earth's flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. Yet scientists have noted that these hardworking insects and other animals are in trouble." A number of factors threaten pollinators, including climate change, pesticide use, and the introduction of non-native species into their habitats. On this website, visitors can learn more about the important role pollinators play in ecosystems around the world and learn about the traits of specific pollinators. In the know your pollinators section, readers can read short articles about specific species and national parks. This website is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about different kinds of pollinators or about the widespread impact of global climate change.