Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is a collaborative effort and we invite you to join us in this effort to promote pollinator conservation through:

  1. Outreach
  2. Education
  3. Habitat Creation and Conservation
  4. Data/Monitoring
  5. Habitat Management guidelines (statewide long term plan)

Local support throughout the state is critical for this initiative to achieve the greatest level of success.

Collectively, we can work to improve the condition of Ohio for pollinators.

For more information, Contact Marci A Lininger, Contractor/Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

marci_lininger@fws.gov

4625 Morse Road, Suite 104
Columbus, OH 43230
phone: 614-416-8993 Ex:27

Social Media/Internet Communication: Promoting this initiative through social media would provide an outlet for many people to learn about threats to pollinator habitat at their own pace with relative ease. This can occur in the form of email, blogging, creating a website or Facebook page, etc.

Outreach and Public Education: Providing education and support to local communities is a vital component for long term success. This could include providing a presentation and/or educational materials to schools, performing a webinar or lecture for local government officials or municipalities or just being available to answer questions from community members via phone or email.

Technical Support/Assistance: Providing technical guidance/support on how to best manage established pollinator habitats throughout the year is a need that many groups or local communities may have. This type of assistance can occur in the form of email, phone call, or on site meeting/visit.

Financial Support/Assistance: Providing monetary assistance for this initiative is welcomed.

Habitat Conservation/Creation: This type of assistance would require you to be available for hands on field work, utilizing an organized establishment plan and then a long-term management plan for long term success.

Training: This type of assistance would involve providing any interested group or community training that will aid them in the establishment and management of pollinator habitat. This would include providing an overview of native plants and grasses that are essential for pollinator health as well as identification and management of invasive plant species.

Data/Monitoring: It is critical that monitoring of the habitat take place to insure proper establishment and management steps are being taken. Additionally, the monitoring of pollinator species and other wildlife (i.e. song birds ) will further determine the success of the project.

National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, released 5/19/15