For the past two years, bee populations have been burgeoning at the Highline, the former elevated freight railroad spur turned floriferous park along 10th Avenue in Manhattan from Ganesevoort Street to West 20th Street. On June 8, 2011 a new stretch of the Highline opened to the public, running from West 20th Street to West 30th Street, doubling the park’s length. Overflowing with flowers like summersweet, mountain mint, butterfly weed, blazingstar, and beebalm, it makes the Highline twice the pollinator paradise! Check it out and let us know what you see there (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The High Line looking south.
Photo by: Beyond My Ken
- Honey bees pollinate approximately $15 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year. The value of pollination services provided by native bees and other wildlife is even greater.
- Only 15 percent of the hundred or so crops that make up the world’s food supply are pollinated by domesticated honey bees. At least 80 percent are pollinated by wild bees and other wildlife.
- More than 100,000 different animal species — and perhaps as many as 200,000 — play a role in pollinating the planet’s flowering plants.
- Insects, including bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, flies, and beetles, are the most common pollinators, but as many as 1,500 species of birds, mammals, and other vertebrates also pollinate plants.
(Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Pollinators Page)