People, Plants, and Pollinators

People, Plants, and Pollinators

Emerging Explorer J. Dino Martins says that from long-tongued bees to hawk moths, pollinators are the hidden workers that keep the planet running.


6 - 12+



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This video was filmed on Thursday, June 23nd at the 2011 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Do you like chocolate? Coffee? Pollinating insects make these and hundreds of other foods possible. The threatened habitats that support those insects may often be out of sight and out of mind, but Dino Martins brings their importance home. “Pollinators are one of the strongest connections between conservation and something everyone needs—food.” With his infectious enthusiasm and practical solutions, Martins acts as a pollinator himself, carrying crucial information to Kenya’s isolated farmers, schoolchildren, and a larger world of travelers and scientists.


  • Entomology and insects running the world (start-01:13 min.)

  • A dark time for biodiversity (01:14-02:06 min.)

  • African sketches and human interaction with nature (02:07-03:24 min.)

  • Bee diversity and importance (03:25-06:41 min.)

  • Stingless bees and the loss of traditional knowledge (06:42-07:49 min.)

  • Pollination, food, and insects (07:50-08:27 min.)

  • Field sites in Kenya (08:28-10:04 min.)

  • The African violet and buzz pollination (10:05-12:14 min.)

  • Nature Kenya's centennial and celebratory stamps (12:15-13:02 min.)

  • Western Africa's Kerio Valley and the pollination of papaya and mango (13:03-15:33 min.)

  • The importance of diversity and video footage of an African farm (15:34-17:10 min.)

  • Working with children, students, and guides (17:11-19:35 min.)

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Last Updated

March 13, 2024

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