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in turn provide food and cover for wildlife, By Diane De Luca, Senior Biologist prevent erosion, and protect waterways. ver 75% of the world’s flowering plants Plant diversity and pollinator diversity go depend on pollinators to reproduce. hand in hand. Scientists estimate that animal pollinators— Pollination is a strategy of plant mainly insects—are responsible for one out of reproduction that has evolved over every three mouthfuls of food and drink that millions of years and mutually benefits we consume, and in the United States alone, both flowering plants and pollinators. are essential for pollination Pollination happens when of more than a hundred crop “Plant diversity pollen is transferred from flower and pollinator to flower by wind, water or plants. Without pollinators we would not be able to pollinating animals such as birds, diversity go enjoy apples, blueberries, hand in hand.” bees, bats, butterflies, moths, chocolate, almonds, peaches beetles and innumerable other or pumpkins, just to name a few. Beyond animals, leading to fertilization, seed and providing the world with a rich source of fruit production for plants. About 12% of fruits and vegetables, pollinators perform key the world’s 400,000 or so flowering plants roles in natural ecosystems. Native pollinators are wind-pollinated, including many trees provide critical ecosystem functions by (such as Eastern white pine) and grasses keeping plant communities healthy, which (even cultivated grasses such as wheat, rye, oats, corn, and barley). Another 2% of Bee pollinating bleeding heart (Dicentra Continued on page 6 spectabilis). Photo by Diane De Luca.
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Michael Amaral, Warner George Chase, Hopkinton Louis DeMato, Manchester David Howe, Secretary, Concord Tom Kelly, Londonderry Lauren Kras, Greenland Dawn Lemieux, Groton Chris Picotte, Webster David Ries, Chair, Warner Tony Sayess, Concord Eric Taussig, Moultonborough Thomas Warren, Dublin Judy Stokes Weber, Vice Chair, Rumney STAFF Michael J. Bartlett, President Jennifer Bliss, Massabesic Center Administrative Coordinator Nancy Boisvert, Nature Store Manager Lynn Bouchard, Director of Human Resources Phil Brown, Director of Land Management Hillary Chapman, Education Specialist Gail Coffey, Grants Manager Joseph Consentino, Director of Finance