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More than 75 percent of the Earth's flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. Pollinators are vital to a successful and thriving ecosystem. Even small changes in our own backyards can help pollinators survive and thrive. Like all of us, these hard-working creatures need food, water, and shelter. ⁣ ⁣ Tips to consider:⁣ ⁣ 🐝 Provide habitat for different pollinators by planting native flowers that bloom at different times. Nectar-rich flowers attract both insect pollinators and hummingbirds.⁣ ⁣ 🦋 Offer pollinators a drink! Place a shallow dish of water on your deck or windowsill to help thirsty pollinators stay hydrated. By placing several semi-submerged stones in the water dish, you can provide pollinators with places to land so they can drink without running the risk of drowning.⁣ ⁣ 🪲 Leave the weeds! Many plants that are called weeds are actually very useful to pollinators.⁣ ⁣ 🌼 Ensure that different types of pollinators visit your yard by planting flowers of different shapes, sizes, and colors. ⁣ ⁣ 🌸 Planting flowers in clumps, rather than scattering single flowers throughout the yard, makes it easier for pollinators to locate their next meal.⁣ ⁣ 🦇 Nesting and sheltering sites are needed! Remember that different types of pollinators require different things. Some bees and pollinating beetles may use downed tree limbs and logs;many butterflies lay eggs and rear their young on plants; a small patch of bare ground might serve ground-nesting bees. Potential nesting sites include trees (both living and dead), shrubs, brush piles, bare ground, and bee boxes.⁣ ⁣ Image: An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail rests at the @jimmycarternps Boyhood Farm butterfly garden. The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail is a program inspired by the former First Lady to help encourage the conservation of butterflies and their habitats.⁣ ⁣ #spring #pollinators #georgia #gardenlife #butterfly #connectedconservation