TDOT’s Pollinator Habitat Program

Planting for a Better Tomorrow!

POLLINATORS are a diverse group of species that includes birds, bees, butterflies, bats and beetles. They are critically important to life and their numbers are in steady decline as a result of habitat loss, pests, pathogens, pesticides, and other stressors.

Polli | Tennessee Pollinators

Tennessee Department of Transportation’s

Pollinator Habitat Program

Pollinator-friendly language has been included in the nation’s transportation funding law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.* Tennessee Department of Transportation is following this important legislation and taking the lead in establishing pollinator policies and practices.

TDOT is dedicated to growing, supporting, and protecting pollinators across Tennessee through education, partnerships, and sound environmental practices by:

TDOT's Pollinator Habitat Program
POLLI, the BEE FROM TENNESSEE

Pollinator Education

Meet Polli, the Bee from Tennessee!

To forward pollinator education, TDOT has created a series of animated educational videos about pollination and pollinator species featuring narrator Polli the Bee from Tennessee. These episodes educate children about the process of pollination, its importance, and the pollinator species native to Tennessee and the world.

We hope that Tennessee Educators, students, and the public enjoy learning more about pollinators and their impact in the state and the world!

Project Milkweed

The monarch butterfly is in trouble!

Since 1992, population numbers for the monarchs and their host plant, milkweed, are down by 90%. Milkweed plants are the only source of food and host for eggs for the monarch caterpillar.

To help monarchs and other pollinators, the TDOT Pollinator Habitat Program is providing free milkweed seeds to anyone in Tennessee who will join us in our mission. The best way to help pollinators is to rebuild their habitat and give them the food and shelter they need to survive.

TN Pollinator Habitat Program | Photo by Marty Silver

Photo by Marty Silver