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Plant a Pollinator Patch

Change your schoolyard or backyard from a boring no-bug’s-land into a colourful, insect-rich paradise. Habitats for hard-working pollinators, like bees and butterflies, are especially rare these days. Development and pollution are destroying many of the wildflowers these creatures depend upon. Some of these habitats are highly specialized, like that of the endangered Furbish’s lousewort. This yellow wildflower grows in just one spot on Earth — along the banks of the upper St. John River in New Brunswick and Maine. The humble bumble-bee is its chief pollinator, so a shortage of bees could mean disaster for Furbish’s lousewort. Be kind to bees (and all pollinators) by planting their favourite flowering foods.