Groups of all ages can make inviting places for insects to visit that will help protect native habitats, as well as conserve native insect populations. These are some suggested activities that can aid in understanding and addressing negative impacts on insects by observing and counting them where they live so we can make plans to help keep their populations healthy.
Start a pollinator garden
Set up a pollinator garden in a community space, in your own backyard, or with neighbors. Pollinator plants attract native bees and other pollinators with certain colors and scents. Pollinators are necessary to transport plant pollen, the powdery material found on plants needed for reproduction. Pollen, in addition to being carried by the wind, sticks to the legs and abdomens of insects that collect it while they delight in the nectar of these plants, and deposit it on other plants.
Native bee populations are declining due to loss of habitat. Construct a wooden nest block to provide safe places for native bees to lay eggs and for larvae to develop. There are many different designs to choose from!
Track insects with citizen science
Join a Citizen Science group to track insect populations. Share data about the insects in your local area to help scientists. Here are some ideas:
And more! Check with scientists in your community to see if there are citizen science projects in your area. We can all work together to preserve insect health and variety so future generations can enjoy all the benefits bugs provide!