Protecting Pollinators

by | Mar 24, 2024

This blog post was done by a guest blogger from St.Vicent College Micheal Fekete

Why are pollinators needed?

To keep gardens and food supplies healthy, pollen is needed. Pollinating animals include birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, and most importantly, bees! Pollination occurs through self-pollination by wind or water or through the help of bees. Bees transport pollen from flower to flower after drinking the nectar from a flower.

How can you influence pollination?

  • Try to use a varied collection of nectar and pollen-rich flowers. Diversity is key because diverse flowers will help satisfy the diverse pollinators that may visit!
  • Wait until spring to clean up the garden, because eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult insect pollinators may be wintering in weed stems.
  • Plant milkweed for monarch butterflies, spicebush and sassafrass for spicebush swallowtail caterpillars, and plants in the parsley family for black swallowtail caterpillars.
  • Plant your plants close together—this is effective in keeping the weeds out and attracting pollinators. You can then also cut back on your mulch and landscaping fabric use, which are less ideal to use.
  • Add woody plants, like trees and shrubs! They provide more shelter and are less maintenance.

How is HAP helping?


HAP Hive

HAP Hive is a pollinator protection initiative created by Humane Action Pittsburgh. Our goal is to educate citizens, create homes for bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators, and encourage others to foster a safe environment for them. Pollinators are crucial to life on Earth because they allow plants to reproduce through pollination. If there are no pollinators, then we lose certain flowers, plants, and foods. Without them, our ecosystem is in trouble.

What is HAP Hive doing?

1. Reduce Use of Chemical Pesticides
2. Increase Natural Habitat and Food Sources with Pollinator Gardens
3. Install Bee Hotels




Aimee Douglass is the Director of Compassionate Living. Aimee works in the healthcare industry and has a bachelors degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a masters degree in Communications with a health care focus from Southern New Hampshire University.

Abhi Nadendla is a blogger at HAP and has been volunteering at the organization since late 2022. She is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and loves spending her free time helping out at animal shelters.

Hannah Lewis is a grant writer and blogger from Pittsburgh’s North Side who has been with HAP since 2020. In addition to writing and advocating for animals, she enjoys hiking, cooking plant-based meals, bouldering at her local climbing gym, and curling up with a good book and her long-haired cat, Freyja.

Kelly Frantz has recently joined the HAP family as a blog writer. She is passionate about animal protection and is excited to educate the community about animal welfare.