Now’s the time to begin planning for the return and emergence of pollinators in the spring! Many of these critical animals have migrated to warmer climates or found a warm cozy spot to settle in for the winter. Many pollinators are insects but mammals (like bats) and birds are also important pollinators.
Cuyahoga SWCD works with individuals, communities and other organizations to provide habitat and food for pollinators. Volunteers in Cleveland, Brooklyn, Garfield Heights, South Euclid, Euclid, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike, Valley View and Highland Hills have installed or maintained pollinator friendly native and rain gardens in high visibility public areas like administration buildings and libraries. All of these events were family friendly and many were successful due to the participation of the local Girl Scout troops, corporate volunteers and schools.
Our annual Common Milkweed pod collection program was a success and the donated seeds are on their way to Columbus for processing. Soon they will be returned to us so we can increase the food available for monarch butterflies in Cuyahoga County. We also sell Native Seed Packets including the Ohio Pollinator Oasis packet
The 2020 National Association of Conservation District Stewardship Week and Poster Contest theme is “Where would we BEE without Pollinators?” Free educational materials are available now and registration for the local portion of the poster contest will open in early 2020.
We can partner with schools to add pollinator habitat and provide outdoor learning experiences for students. We can provide tools and technical assistance for your planting. In school programs are limited so request them early. The months of April and May book up fast. Schools that participate in district supported programs like our annual poster contest, Camp Canopy, Envirothon and teacher workshops get first dibs!
Blog author: Jacki Zevenbergen, Stormwater Education Program Manager