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Bees and the Magic of Pollination

  • Date: 02 May 2023

Pollination underpins the web of life, helping crops produce food and helping flowers produce seeds. Perhaps no species is more directly associated with the topic of pollination than the European honeybee, but there are actually some 20,000 known species of bee in the world, and nearly 4,000 in North America alone. And pollination doesn’t end with bees. Many other species, from butterflies, to bats and even beetles play critical roles. Unfortunately many of these little helpers are under threat from a range of factors, including habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change. 



In this episode you’ll hear from Clay Bolt, WWF’s Manager of Pollinator Conservation and Communications for the Northern Great Plains Program, about the role that bees and other pollinators play in sustaining natural systems, and the steps we need to take to better protect these species and the services they provide.



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