There has been a rapid decline in pollinators not only in Colorado, but in the entire United States. In an effort to save pollinators, Douglas County has built a pollinator garden at Hidden Mesa Open Space trailhead south of Parker for Monarch butterflies, honey bees, and other insects. This is to support the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign that calls for not only saving honey bees, but bats, flies, butterflies and birds as well that are major pollinators.
The biggest problems in keeping bee populations up in recent years have been parasites that kill adult bees and very aggressive pesticides that impact their natural habitat. Annual bee population losses have averaged at 33% in the past 8 years.
In order to support the rebuilding of bee populations, Douglas County has not only built the pollinator garden but also loosened restrictions on beekeeping in the county to strengthen the current populations.