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Pollinator populations are plummeting. Moths and butterflies have declined by 53 percent. In the last 22 years, Monarch butterfly numbers have decreased by 68 percent and native bee populations have also declined dramatically. Officials estimate 30 percent of the agricultural food supply would be lost without pollinators.

National Pollinator Week is set for the week of June 17.Locally, two events are set to mark the week.

Wisconsin DNR Jay Watson

Even though winter is upon us, the hope among pollinators is people think about using this time to help make habitat for declining numbers of Monarch butterflies.

The once-common butterfly has made it's 1,700 mile trek to it's wintering grounds in Mexico.

There's a new Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative website that has specific information on adding habitat and other ways to help monarchs.

Caitlin Williamson of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

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An effort by Oneida County Land and Water Conservation is making habitat for a critical group within our ecosystem: pollinators. Insects that pollinate our crops and flowers have had sharp declines in populations.

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As the growing season is concluding, we sometimes forget the role pollinators play in having the food we eat.

Advocates are pointing to a new website that provides information about the rapidly diminishing populations of some pollinators.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas talks about Bumble Bee Watch, a citizen science project to help monitor bumble bee activity...

Hundreds of Native Bee Species Can Also Pollinate Crops

Jul 27, 2014
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Scientists think wild bees can be as helpful in pollinating certain crops as honeybees.  

University of Wisconsin Madison grad student Rachel Mallinger is in the Northwoods Monday talking about the value of the state’s native bees.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Mallinger about wild bees and the online identification guide she developed to help people appreciate wild bee diversity.

Mallinger says while honeybees are nonnative, there are hundreds of species of native bees that also help pollinate crops.