Pollinators, Connectivity, and Corridors:
Pollinator Pathways: The Path to Successful Conservation
Pollinators of all types are essential to our environment. Through the ecological services that pollinators provide, pollinators are essential for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. Beyond the necessity for pollinators in agriculture, pollinators are also important species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Approximately 25% of all birds, and of mammals, depend on insect pollinators for the fruits and seeds that are a major part of their diet. While pollinators are crucial to our environment, unfortunately, pollinators are at high risk to suffer from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases in many places. Is there anything we can do to combat this detrimental loss?
This case aims to teach us the importance of caring for all pollinator ecosystems. In this case, we will learn how to help pollinators and their habitats thrive and succeed through the creation and use of pollinator pathways. Through a field study on pollinator connectivity, we will become aware of the necessity of pollinator corridors, and how an implementation of pollinator corridors within a landscape can drastically change the health and success of pollinators and their environments for the better.