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In New Orleans, the local flora is waking up from winter and filling the city with color. Around the globe, however, the animals responsible for our vibrant gardens and bountiful crops are in danger.
Populations of pollinators—animals like bees, bats, birds, and small mammals—are declining worldwide due to habitat loss, pesticides, disease, and climate change.
In addition to the tragedy inherent in any species extinction, there’s a practical reason to be concerned about the pollinator crisis. Pollinators help 80% of the planet’s flowering plants and crops reproduce. And two of mankind’s greatest inventions—chocolate and coffee—could not exist without pollinators!
Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Put simply, without pollinators, Earth’s animals—including humans—don’t eat.
That’s why your support is so important. With your generosity, you help our community learn about pollinators. At Audubon Zoo, you can see wild pollinators and find inspiration for your home garden by checking out the Butterfly Circle and the Bayer Feed a Bee Pollinator Habitat. In Audubon Park, you can explore the Gumbel Fountain Bed and Usdin Gardens.
You can spot bees, butterflies, and bugs of all kinds during a hike on any of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center’s trails. One dedicated pollinator path is also a stop for migratory birds!
Your generosity also supports the many pollinators in Audubon’s care, including the bats in the Zoo’s “Criaturas de la Noche” nocturnal house, the birds in the Zoo’s aviary and the Aquarium’s Parakeet Pointe, and, of course, many of the bugs you’ll see when the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium reopens as part of the Aquarium.
Pollinators need our help, but the good news is that you can make a positive impact for them right in your own backyard. Steps as simple as planting native flowers and grasses, providing nesting grounds for birds, cutting your grass a little higher to let small native flowers grow, avoiding harsh pesticides, and choosing organic produce can add up to a big difference!