Healthy populations of pollinators are vital to native plants and agricultural crops and to the insects, animals, and people that eat those plants. Additionally, many of the plants that provide people with fibers, edible oils, medicines, and other products would not successfully reproduce without help from pollinators. It is estimated that pollinators provide more than $10 billion in economic value annually in the United States.
Pollinators are in decline around the world as they struggle to survive habitat loss, pesticide use, mites, competition from nonnative species, and diseases. Providing habitat for pollinators in your yard or on your acreage can help support healthy populations of pollinators.
University of Illinois Extension has a new extensive website devoted to Illinois Pollinators.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Passion for Pollinators
Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Pollinator Resources
USFWS Center for Pollinator Conservation
Hummingbird Garden Requirements and Plant List
Butterfly Garden and Plant List
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Pollinator Conservation Program
Chicago Botanic Garden: Plant a Pollinator Strip