As you buy new plants for your garden this spring, research the methods your nursery employs to deter insects. Insecticides do not only attack “pest” insects, but also pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Birds consume insects. When insects are poisoned with insecticides, other wildlife, such as birds, that eat these insects may be affected as well by either having nothing to eat since the insects are dead or by consuming the poisoned insects directly.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help, visit Xerces’ article “To Protect Pollinators, Talk to Your Nursery.”