Media stories about the decline of bees and Monarch butterflies have brought to our attention
the role pollinators play in perpetuating nearly 75% of crops and native plant communities. The
bird world includes pollinators, too, with hummingbirds, which occur only in the Western
Hemisphere, being the most well-known. Their jewel-colored feathers, rapid wingbeats, and
ability to hover captivate us so much that we may forget the important ecological function they
are performing as they feed at nectar-bearing flowers. Learn how you can help hummingbirds
and other pollinators at the Pollinator Partnership’s website, www.pollinator.org.