While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to thank the insects and animals that made it all possible. We tend to forget how vital bees and other pollinators are to our food system, but without them, there would be no pie, no vegetables, no fruit and no stuffing. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reminds us to protect the birds, bees, bats and butterflies that make our meals possible. About 75 percent of the food the world eats relies on pollinators, but these hard working bugs and animals are dying because of habitat loss, pesticide use and disease. To help combat this, FWS collaborates with S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment), a program that protects dedicated areas for pollinators to thrive in – so that we can all enjoy many feasts to come.

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