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2021 Pollinator Pals Grant

The Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant presented by Little Seeds and KidsGardening is designed to support youth garden programs interested in preserving and creating pollinator habitat to help rebuild declining pollinator populations. In 2021, eighteen programs will be awarded a check for $500 to support the development of new and expansion of existing pollinator gardens in communities across the United States. 

APPLICATIONS DUE BY:
July 30, 2021

WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY:
September 1, 2021


ABOUT THE SPONSOR:

little seeds logo, with a sprout and dots of soil

Little Seeds is dedicated to preserving and creating pollinator habitat in communities across the United States. Since 2017, Little Seeds has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to help distribute over 1,500 monarch garden kits to schools in the Central Monarch Migration Corridor. The Pollinator Pal Grant is their latest effort to raise awareness about declining pollinator populations and to encourage habitat plantings that can provide valuable sources of food and serve as breeding areas for pollinators.


 

 


Little Seeds Pollinator Pals!

A child wearing a bright pink shirt looks down to see a butterfly on their shirtMeet a pollinator! Thanks to a partnership with Little Seeds, we are excited to learn more about a new pollinator friend each month. Pollinators are animals that help many flowering plants produce their seeds and thus ensure the continued existence of millions of plant species, and in turn, of most animal species, including humans.

Who are the pollinators we'll meet this year? Bees, hummingbirds, moths, bats, butterflies, flies, beetles, and more!

Learn more about the 2021 Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant.

Pollinator fact sheets available:

Honeybee

Three honeybees on a yellow sunflower.
Honeybees are predominately dark brown with a golden fuzz that covers their body. Their heads have 2 antennae and 5 eyes

Fun facts about honeybees!

• Only females have stingers.

• Honeybees pollinate around 80% of agricultural crops grown in the U.S.

• Honeybees see on the ultraviolet spectrum. Flowers that appear red to humans look black to honeybees!

An image showing the honeybee pollinator pal two-page profile, with facts on one side and coloring sheet on the other. None of the words are legible.

Download the Pollinator Pals - Honeybee fact sheet, complete with a coloring page about ultraviolet light!

Ruby-throated hummingbird

A ruby-throated hummingbird lands on a bright red zinnia.Ruby-throats can grow up to 3.5'' long and weigh an average of 4 grams (less than a nickel!).

Fun facts about ruby-throated hummingbirds!

• Their heart can beat up to 1,200 times per minute and they can take about 250 breaths per minute.

• Ruby-throats consume up to twice their weight in food (nectar, insects, and tree sap) every day.

• Their nests are the size of a thimble and take 6-10 days to build.

A small image of the 2-page Ruby-throated hummingbird fact sheet and coloring page. Specific words aren't legible, but pink boxes of text and a map of part of North America and a drawing of a hummingbird are visible.

Download the Pollinator Pals Ruby-throated hummingbird fact sheet, complete with a coloring page of their migration pattern!

Hoverfly

A hoverfly, a black and yellow striped winged insect, is on the yellow center of a flower with white petalsRanging in size from 1/4 to 1/2" long, hoverflies have two wings, large eyes, and stubby antennae. Although they don't have stingers, they mimic the color patterns of bees and wasps to scare off predators.

Fun facts about hoverflies!

• There are 6,000 species of hoverflies found across the world.

• They are the second most important pollinator after wild bees.

• Hoverflies are one of the best examples of Batesian mimicry when one species copies the appearance and behavior of another to protect themselves.

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Download the Pollinator Pal Hoverfly Fact Sheet, complete with a coloring page of a hoverfly with their favorite flowers!


 

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly on pink milkweed flowerMonarch butterflies have two pairs of bright orange wings with a black border and white spots on the edges. They are about 4 inches wide and weigh less than half a gram.

Fun facts about monarch butterflies!

• Some monarchs travel up to 100 miles a day during their 3,000 mile migration across North America.

• Adult butterflies love native plants and are attracted to red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple flowers.

• Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants because their leaves are the caterpillar's only food source.

Download the Pollinator Pal Monarch Butterfly fact sheet, complete with a coloring page of monarch life cycles!