2017-06-01 / Nature

The Importance of Pollinators

Wildlife biologist, Gary Casabona, a leading expert on the subject of pollination, will give a free talk and walking tour of Prescott Farm on Sunday, June 4 at 11 a.m.

There are an estimated 4,000 species of native bees in the country, and Casabona says some 400 have been identified in Rhode Island. Native bees, which tend to be solitary (as opposed to imported honey bees, which are social and live in hives) are important to gardeners and food growers. It is estimated that without pollinators, 50 percent of the food people eat would disappear from grocery stores. The problem is human development practices have greatly reduced the habitat for native bees.

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