Native Pollinator Population Recovery Project

Support your points with at least four references. At least two references should be from scholarly academic journals.

Option 2: Native Pollinator Population Recovery Project

Select a specific, local native pollinator species from one of the following groups: bumblebees, birds, bats, moths, or butterflies.

Determine this species’ ecological and economical roles in your region.

Explain the issues surrounding local and global pollinator decline and create recommendations for a local recovery plan.

Develop specific recommendations for your community based on environmental and ecological principles used to create suitable habitats for pollinators. For example, consider creating nesting sites or boxes in your neighborhood, ample and consistent food supply (such as gardens) over the entire growing season, and reduced chemicals or pesticides in your area. Note that honeybees were imported from Eurasia and are, therefore, not native pollinators.

Complete the following four steps:

1. Find 10 a specific local pollination by searchingyour state’s Department of Natural Resources.

2. Complete the Service Planning Table to developa plan that incorporates the principles of sustainability into your project.

3. Prepare a 700- to 800-word call-to-action letter to a local newspaper outlining recommendations. The letter should include the benefits of having healthy pollinator populations for your state or area and the points completed from the planning table. Consider ecosystem services, agriculture, economics, beautification, and education.

4. Submitboth your letter and completed panning table to your instructor.

Service Planning Table

Steps and Resources NeededExplanation(Advantages and Disadvantages)Relation to Sustainable Agriculture(When Applicable)
Select a pollinator species from your area and determine the reasons for its decline.
Points to include in letter
Research the types of requirements for your selected species, such as nesting sites or boxes, ample and consistent food supply over the entire growing season, and reduced chemicals or pesticides in your area.
Which ecosystem services are provided by your pollinator species? How do these services help create a sustainable ecosystem and economy?
Which specific species interrelations are associated with your selected pollinator? What function do these interrelationships have in large-scale ecosystem management and restorations?
Explain which ecological practices you will use to restore your pollinator populations.
How are these ecological principles similar to methods currently used to manage and restore a species in a forest ecosystem? Do you consider these current methods successful approaches to sustainable forest management? Explain.
Include at least four resources for your project. Two resources should be from scholarly academic journals.