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Protecting Pollinators

How to Save the Creatures That Feed Our World
Narrated by: Laura Jennings
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 2,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent. 

Protecting Pollinators explores why the statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed. Jodi Helmer breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes listeners inside the most promising conservation initiatives. Efforts include famers reducing pesticides, cities creating butterfly highways, volunteers ripping up invasive plants, gardeners planting native flowers, and citizen scientists monitoring migration. 

Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. They will also be reminded of the magic of pollinators - not only the iconic monarch and dainty hummingbird, but the drab hawk moth and homely bats that are just as essential. Without pollinators, the world would be a duller, blander place. Helmer shows how we can make sure they are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us.

©2019 by Jodi Helmer. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Good info; poorly written; badly read

There is useful information here and there’s writer has done some good research but it’s written in an awful dry sophomoronic cut and paste style. No style at all. It’s like the research notes for an undergrad dissertation. This is not helped by the reader sounding like computer. I’m not familiar with her other work, so maybe she’s just not able to work with such poor material. Very disappointing. I’m trying hard to finish it as I’m very interested in the subject matter but it’s a real slog