National Pollinator Week is observed from Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25.

National Pollinator Week is observed from Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25.

Pollinators, like bees and butterflies, are responsible for pollinating over 75 percent of our flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of our crops. Pollinators need your help. There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.

However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.

Plant a pollinator garden

Provide nesting sites

Avoid or limit pesticide use

Did you know that Missouri is part of the Monarch Highway for monarch butterfly migration from Mexico to Canada? MoDOT has a role in the protection of pollinators because the roadsides provide habitat for not only monarchs traveling through Missouri, but other species of pollinators as well. MoDOT is also part of the "Missourians for Monarchs group." You can visit the group's Facebook page by searching for Missourians for Monarchs.
If you are interested in learning more, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's website at https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/ .