Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are in trouble. Our pollinators have been suffering from population decline primarily due to loss of habitat. 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.
Pollinators are responsible for about one third of our world-wide food supply. They move pollen from plant to plant resulting in pollination, which is necessary for apples, almonds, and many other fruits and vegetables to bear fruit.
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.
Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative