Bees, butterflies + blueberries—why pollinators matter in Alabama


(Alvin Diamond)

Call it the pollinator challenge. 

This spring, visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a local arboretum, nature preserve or community garden. Walk along a trail at Ruffner Mountain or just take some time to observe your own backyard. 

You’ll soon notice pollinators at work. Butterflies, moths, bees and critters of all kinds flying, crawling and buzzing from plant to plant. While you watch these wonderful creatures carry out their daily routine, remember this: 

One out of every three bites of food you put in your mouth is created with the help of pollinators, according to, a Department of Agriculture website.

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