The OPHI's reason for being is even more profound and important: "Pollinator wildlife species such as bees and butterflies are in trouble. Pollinators have been suffering from population decline primarily due to loss of habitat which provides pollen, nectar, and host plants which are vital to the survival of most pollinators. Over the past ten years, there have been several species of pollinators that have vanished from Ohio. More recently, monarch butterfly populations have plummeted to alarmingly low levels. Poor honeybee health is a critical issue also linked to the decline of pollinator habitat.
These pollinators are responsible for helping produce about one third of the world-wide food supply for people by simply moving pollen from plant to plant resulting in pollination, which produces apples, almonds, and many other fruits and vegetables.
Here in Ohio, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative was started to inform citizens, landowners, farmers, and government agencies of the importance of pollinators and the habitat they need to survive. Members of the initiative are the core professionals that provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to all that have an interest in pollinators and protecting our food supply."
What you can do? Get outside and enjoy nature...along the way collect a few milkweed seed pods. To collect the seed pods from a milkweed plant it is best to pick them when they are dry, gray, or brown in color. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked. It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks. Avoid using plastic bags because they attract moisture. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to Warren SWCD. Once delivered, we will store them in this "Official Milkweek Collection Bin" until transported to the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation offices. They will distribute the pods for various planting and habitat projects that will extend across Ohio.
the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative!