Pollinator Habitat

Although revegetation efforts for pollinators can be one of the most expensive types of restoration goals [1], pollinator habitat enhancement can indirectly benefit lots of other ecosystem services [2]. Generally, pollinators require plants that flower at different times during the growing season, which enhances resource availability (see an example). Strategic placement of restoration throughout a landscape can also enhance pollinator habitat. For example, since Monarchs in Arizona use riparian areas as movement corridors [3], restoring forbs (when appropriate) to these areas can benefit butterflies directly. Moreover, planting in clumps, rather than a regular, spaced pattern across a landscape can enhance pollinator services [4].