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Protecting Pollinators

Vital to the health of natural food webs, pollinators are a critical part of our ecosystems. Transferring pollen from flower to flower, they fertilize plants that lead to the growth of fruit, vegetables, and grains that we depend on. Pollinators include vertebrates like birds, bats and mice and invertebrates including bees, butterflies, and wasps. 

Many pollinators are in steep decline, threatening our ecosystems and food systems. Birds, which rely on insects and the fruits and seeds produced by pollinated plants for food, are also in seeing severe declines in populations worldwide.

What is causing the decline of pollinators?

What is Audubon Doing to Protect Pollinators?

Audubon Summer Campers Learning in the Pollinator Garden

Rhode Island is home to nearly 45 species of bee, over 400 species of moth and 59 species of butterfly! Audubon Society of Rhode Island committed to supporting healthy habitat for the species that live on and use our properties and offers ongoing educational opportunities for people to learn about the critical importance of pollinators and native plants.

Our approach involves:

  • Creating and enhancing pollinator habitat on our properties.
  • Supporting pollinators and native plants across the state through active land management, field research, species monitoring, and advocacy.
  • Educating and engaging people to learn more about pollinators and native plants through educational programs and community science projects.

How Can YOU take action to help pollinators?

Get Inspired: Visit the Palmieri Pollinator Garden