In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, pollinators are responsible for creating and maintaining a variety of ecosystems and habitats that many animals rely on for food and shelter. More than 1,500 species of flowering plants thrive within the boundaries of the park, and the vast majority of them depend on pollinators to reproduce. Bees are perhaps the most well-known pollinators (did you know there are more than 4,000 species in North America?), but other pollinators include beetles, ants, flies, wasps, and both butterflies and moths. At the Sugarlands Visitor Center, pollinators have been given a helping hand thanks to a new pollinator garden that has been created and maintained by a dedicated group of park staff and volunteers. Download the e-book entitled The Pollinator Experience, which tells the story of the pollinator garden and the pollinators that depend on it.
Photo Credit: Todd Amacker Conservation Visuals