Hutchinson Tract, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
According to the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, some of the pollinators that keep native plants reproducing include hummingbirds, bats, beetles, and certain frogs, toads and salamanders.
North America’s roughly 4,000 species of native bees are our most important wild pollinators. Here are just a few of the bee species found in this region.
Why are Pollinators So Vital?
Insect and other animal pollinators are critical to plant reproduction. The pollen they move from flower to flower ensures the development of fruits, seeds, nuts, and other plant parts that wildlife depends on for food. Specifically, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified about 370 species of native plants within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Save a Pollinator
Pollinators need wild habitat for nesting and gathering nectar and pollen. You can help save them for future generation by:
*Planting a variety of native flowering plants that bloom at different times.
*Avoid or limit your use of pesticides.
*Put up a homemade box. Information is available at: www.xerces.org.
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Refuge System.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 37° 56.711′ N, 76° 52.81′ W. Marker is in Tappahannock, Virginia, in Essex County. Marker is on Tidewater Trail. This marker is on the gravel road within the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19180 Tidewater Trail, Tappahannock VA 22560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Wildlife System (a few steps from this marker); Hutchinson Tract (within shouting distance of this marker); Rivers of Grass (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toppahanock Indian Village (approx. half a mile away);
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.