Pollinators, the busy bees behind the scenes, are essential for sustainability of our ecosystems and natural resources. Additional benefits documented from creating pollinator habitats include supporting populations of birds, improving water quality by reducing nutrients and sediment in runoff, and providing forage for livestock. In order to help answer some of our farmer members’ questions, we have developed several resources surrounding pollinator conservation, including a Pollinator Habitat Guide for Agricultural Landscapes and Mowing for Monarchs guidance.
The Pollinator Habitat Guide for Agricultural Landscapes was created to help farmers and landowners who are interested in implementing pollinator habitat on agricultural landscapes. This guidebook provides general information to help establish larger plots of pollinator habitat on these lands, such as on smaller corners and edges of production fields.
The Illinois Monarch Project (IMP) Mowing Guidance was created by a collation of scientists and eleven organizations and agencies in Illinois to help Illinois residents and land managers provide food and habitat for pollinators. The Mowing Guidance documents outline recommendations on mowing practices that best protect pollinators as they migrate through or live out their lives in Illinois.