Small mammals such as chipmunks, squirrels, bats and more are sometimes considered pollinators. Transfer of pollen between plants is a byproduct of their feeding, nesting, and active behaviors. While not true pollinators like bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, small mammals are part of a rich wildlife tapestry.
As they eat and disperse fruit, berries, seeds, and nuts, small mammals help renew woodlands, forests, meadows and other natural habitats. The wild, native plants and trees they sow provide food and shelter for pollinators. This web of nature is why small mammals and pollinators are so closely associated with each other in our discussions about creating pollinator-friendly spaces.