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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes

Advocating for Pollinators in Central Ohio

Region 3, May 26, 2015
Servuce biologist Deborah Millsap staffs The Wonders of Pollinators booth at the Columbus Zoo’s Earth Day event on April 18, 2015.
Servuce biologist Deborah Millsap staffs The Wonders of Pollinators booth at the Columbus Zoo’s Earth Day event on April 18, 2015. - Photo Credit: n/a

Staff and volunteers at the Columbus, Ohio Ecological Services Field Office have been advocating for pollinators at a number of recent events with diverse audiences in central Ohio:
March 18, 2015 Ohio Botanical Symposium—More than 400 attendees in a professional forum
March 19, 2015 Westerville Landscape Seminar—Approximately 50 attendees focused on suburban community landscaping
April 18, 2015 Columbus Zoo Earth Day –Approximately 150 families
April 30, 2015, New Hope Elementary School—150 elementary students
May 16, 2015 The Wildz WildZfest—Approximately 200 families

 

The office's “The Wonder of Pollinators” display showcases monarchs, bees and other Ohio pollinator information. Displays were tailored to the target audiences for each event. “Mystery boxes” at the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds provided a hands-on experience for kids to feel pollinator and wildlife artifacts and guess what they were touching. At The Wilds we handed out native Ohio wildflower seed packets provided by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. New Hope Elementary School students dissected flowers to learn how pollinators collect pollen and transfer it between flowers, and how pollinated flowers change into fruits that provide both food for humans and seeds for plants. At the Ohio Botanical Symposium we set up an information table, passed out pollinator educational materials, and collected contact information for developing future pollinator partnerships. We provided a variety of pollinator bookmarks, posters, brochures, factsheets, stickers, word searches and crossword puzzles at the events. In all, approximately 1,000 individuals and families from central Ohio were provided the opportunity to learn about the benefits of pollinators and interact with Service staff using targeted outreach methods at these events.

Contact Info: Megan Seymour, (614) 416-8993 x 16, megan_seymour@fws.gov