The USFWS participated in the annual Columbus Zoo's Bodhi's Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 18, 2009. We were one of the many conservation and wildlife organizations to participate with display and activities for visitors of all ages. Thousands of people flocked to the zoo that day…and it wasn't just to get a glimpse of the new baby elephant! We set up a booth outside the aquarium and handed out native Ohio wildflower seed packets to help increase important habitat for wildlife and distribute various outreach materials. We explained about the importance of native plants and how they require less maintenance and offer food and cover for local wildlife such as birds and butterflies.
On Sunday April 19, 2009, the USFWS participated in the annual Green Columbus Earth Day Event at Goodale Park. Dozens of organization gathered to help bring solutions to some increasingly complex environmental challenges. Although there was rain on and off throughout the day, it did not stop the crowds from checking what they can do to make a difference in Ohio. In addition to the Goodale Park event, the organization also broke records on Saturday gathering thousands of volunteers and competing with the largest cities in the country. These volunteers worked hard around the Columbus area doing great things to make our city a better place including planting trees, removing invasive species, and cleaning up litter.