Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting entire ecosystems in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee and butterfly populations have plummeted by a third or more. Worldwide, half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Threats to pollinators abound, but so too do the everyday conservation efforts being taken to protect them.
In Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World, beekeeper and author Jodi Helmer explores why pollinator decline has become so dire and how it can be reversed. The book offers a hopeful vision for the future of pollinators—not just the iconic monarch and dainty hummingbird, but the drab hawk moth and homely bats that are just as essential. Drawing from the latest research, Helmer breaks down the science on environmental threats in plain language and explores the most promising conservation initiatives.
Check out Chapter 2 "No Place Like Home" below, or download the PDF here.