Birds, bees, bats, and other pollinators are in significant decline across the country and around the world. Yet, nearly 80% of the world's crops require pollination, including fruits, vegetables, chocolate, and tequila. Without pollinators, there would be no tomato salads, no strawberry smoothies, no Hershey’s Kisses™, and no margaritas. One out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat and beverages we drink is the result of pollinator activity. In the United States, insects pollinate crops that produce between $20 billion and $30 billion worth of products annually!
- U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide [6.95 MB]
The two appendices for the U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide can be found on the FWS webpage at https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/USAF_Ref_Guide.html .