Kentucky 4-H youth development agents know pollinators are an invaluable resource and critical part of a sustainable food supply, so we are making extra efforts to educate our youth about the importance of pollinators and ways they can provide better environments for them.

Pollinators, which include bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, beetles and flies, pollinate 75 percent of our food supply. But many pollinators are facing a bleak existence, as their populations decline. In the past decade, researchers estimate that pollinator populations have dropped between 30 and 60 percent, depending upon the pollinator. Habitat loss and fragmentation caused by urban and suburban development are one of the main causes for the drop in numbers.

Contact the Madison County Extension Office at 859-623-4072 for more information on how youth can support pollinators in Madison County.

(Source: Ashley Osborne, 4-H youth development specialist)

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

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