Ohio businesses collaborated with Ohio beekeepers to provide pollinator habitat, encourage new beekeepers through 4-H, inspire other businesses and individuals to create pollinator habitat, and collect data of the habitat showing the benefit to pollinators.
Beekeeping organizations partnered with three land partners in Ohio to create 33 acres of public/private partnerships of pollinator habitat. Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fairborn Cement, and Professional Service Providers dedicated portions of their land for pollinators for five years. In most of the U.S. “lawns just aren’t natural,” states Cristina Milesi of the NASA Ames Research Center. Grown mostly from NON-native grasses, lawns require large amounts of water, pesticides, and fertilizers. Lawns provide very little habitat, food or shelter, for birds, butterflies, native bees, honey bees, and other insects.
View before and after pictures of each project:
Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professional Service Providers
This was a collaborative project with Pollinator Stewardship Council, Ohio State Beekeepers Association, and Medina County Beekeepers Association, and funded by the EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund.
Pollinator Habitat Guides
The Pollinator Stewardship Council recognizes the work of many groups; their guidelines and tools to create pollinator habitat. Visit our Pollinator Habitat page on this website.
For more information about this Ohio Environmental Education Fund project view a PDF.
Pollinator habitat in a front yard of a city lot: reducing carbon emissions due to no mowing spring through fall; feeding the bees that feed the bees that go into winter, reducing storm water run-off, supporting native pollinators. Finally, we get a “lot from our lot.”
Pollinator Stewardship Council, Inc.
1624 Idlewood Ave., Akron, OH 44313