Help the Student Conservation Association create buzz for pollinator habitats with this fun activity! Check out the video module below (originally created to celebrate Earth Day) to learn how to make a seed ball.
Wildﬂower seed balls are great for a family friendly, at-home activity, or a competitive team-builder. Seed balls are a cluster of seeds wrapped in a ball of soil and clay that you can throw in areas where traditional planting is diﬃcult. You can toss them right in your own backyard or “plant” in a pot on your windowsill.
What’s a pollinator habitat?
Pollinator habitats are home to wildﬂowers, companion plants, and a dynamic system of bees, butterﬂies, and other pollinators. These habitats can be found in all different shapes and sizes from the California coast to the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. They provide food and shelter for their fellow pollinator residents.
Who are pollinator residents?
Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen from one ﬂower to another allowing the plant to be fertilized and create seeds to reproduce. Pollinators can be insects such as bees or butterﬂies, as well as birds, bats, and more.
Why do these habitats need help?
More than 75% of the Earth’s ﬂowering plants depend on bees, butterﬂies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. These habitats are threatened by urban sprawl and excessive use of pesticides as well as a myriad of other environmental disruptions.
You can help restore pollinator habitats by distributing native seeds, creating seed balls, and more. Your efforts will help provide the birds and bees with the food and shelter they need to survive.