Insects that pollinate crops are vital for the nation’s agriculture industry, but many species have been dying in large numbers in recent years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to change that. The agency’s Gary VanVreede says they’re trying to help groups improve the habitat for pollinators, like bees and butterflies.
VanVreede says insecticides and other chemicals are taking a toll. “It’s a been a huge problem,” he says. “The decline in the number of pollinator species has been really astronomical, so we’re doing whatever we can to kind of help them out.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service donated hundreds of plants to the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin in Grand Chute, last week. The company is creating a maze, using plants that benefit pollinators.
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