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Helping birds and bees

The butterfly garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is a good place to visit to see pollinators in action. Here, a bumble bee collects nectar and spreads pollen to salvia in the garden. Bees are attracted flowers that are blue, purple, yellow and ultra-violet, while butterflies and hum...

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Seventy percent of the vegetation in Kansas is pollinated by insects. That includes 90 different crops requiring honeybee pollination. When pollination is interrupted, plants not only can’t replicate themselves, they aren’t available for food and cover in the environment, said Chip Taylor, the director of Monarch Watch, an organization that promotes conservation and education about the importance of the Monarch butterfly. He spoke with the Great Bend Tribune Monday, July 21, by telephone.  
Insects and animals that ensure plants reproduce by transferring pollen from bloom to bloom are pollinators. Butterflies, while not big pollinators, are an indicator species ...

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