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We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy.
In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent. Protecting Pollinators explores why the statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed. Jodi Helmer breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation initiatives. Efforts include #famers reducing pesticides, cities creating butterfly highways, volunteers ripping up invasive plants, gardeners planting native flowers, and citizen scientists monitoring migration.
Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. They will also be reminded of the magic of pollinators – not only the iconic monarch and dainty hummingbird, but the drab hawk moth and homely bats that are just as essential. Without pollinators, the world would be a duller, blander place. Helmer shows how we can make sure they are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us.
Chapter 1. Understanding the Birds and Bees
Chapter 2. No Place to Call Home
Chapter 3. Toxic Troubles
Chapter 4. Beware the Invaders
Chapter 5. A Warming Planet Heats Up the Struggle for Pollinators
Chapter 6. Is Our Help Hurting Pollinators?
Chapter 7. Stand Up and Be Counted
Jodi Helmer writes about food and farming while tending gardens and keeping bees on a small homestead in North Carolina. She is the author of six books, including Farm Fresh Georgia and Growing Your Own Tea Garden.
"The title of Protecting Pollinators by Jodi Helmer makes the message of this book loud and clear. We need to do more to help our often neglected pollinator friends. As one would predict from a book focused on pollinators and with a picture of a honeybee on the front cover, much of the narrative focuses on honeybees. However, Helmer goes beyond honeybees and enlightens us about other animal pollinators [...] .The writing in this book is convincing, and the message throughout is urgent and one we should all take seriously."
– Harry Siviter, The Biologist 66(5) October/November 2019
"Accessible and inspiring."
– Future of Food
"Jodi Helmer's book does more than lay out the state of affairs for pollinators; she also offers practical and inspiring solutions. Her book is comprehensive, and covers not just bees, but many of the other pollinators upon which we rely. It is an engaging read, packed with information, and she provides enough background that even someone not familiar with pollinators and their ecology will have a healthy grasp by the end. I am thrilled that Jodi has written such an important and truly useful book, and recommend it to any who are interested in the future of our pollinators."
– Olivia Carril, coauthor of The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees