Trees: Meadows in the Sky

Trees Forever, partners and volunteers work hard to plant trees, grasses and forbes to create habitat for pollinators. Pollinators, such as birds, bats, butterflies and insects, are vital to creating a healthy future. In fact, pollinators are directly responsible for about every third bite of food we consume.


What You Can Do to Help Pollinators


  • Plant and maintain native trees, shrubs and prairie for food and shelter. Ensure year-round blooms, plant a mix of colors and group flowers by species. Talk to your neighbors about how having more habitat in the neighborhood helps pollinators have better access to food and nesting sites.


  • In the fall, leave plants and branches to provide winter shelter. Untilled soil and woody materials provide nesting habitat for ground and tunnel nesters. Nesting habitat should be close to food sources; foraging range is anywhere from 50 feet to one half mile.


  • Protect from disturbances such as excessive mowing, grazing and pesticide drift. Plant buffers to reduce chemical drift from adjacent fields (or lawns). Be aware of proper timing and method of application.


Get Buzzy Spreading the Word!


Share our pollinator fact sheet and learn which trees and shrubs to plant for pollinators.


Get Involved!


Many Trees Forever programs are focused on creating pollinator habitat. Our staff and programs try to incorporate the creation of habitat whenever we can. Here are a few programs heavily focused on habitat for birds, bees, bats and other pollinators.


Illinois Buffer Partnership

Iowa's Living Roadways Projects

Trees Forever Pollinator Habitat Conservation

Working Watersheds: Buffers & Beyond

Creating a Buzz





top tree recommendations to support pollinators