When it comes to pollinator issues, Ohio is making great strides to create a vital habitat and the citizens of Scioto County have been contributing to that success. In the fall, Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) served as a collection point for a first ever statewide milkweed seed pod collection. Milkweed is one of many native wildflowers that is critical to pollinators particularly to the Monarch butterfly.
The seeds collected throughout the state are being processed by Ohio Department of Corrections and will be available for planting this spring. While this Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative project is one with many partners, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the lead with Marci Lininger at the helm. Lininger is field biologist for USFWS and the director of the OPHI program.
Through a joint effort between Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District and Shawnee State University’s Natural Science Department, Marci Lininger will be speaking at the University on March 16.
“This will be a good insight into the real work being done for pollinators in Ohio and a wonderful example of the practical use of science. The OPHI program is one that has the potential to be colossally successful while at the same time being composed of simple actions. We like those kinds of projects at the Conservation District” said Kate Sowards, the district education coordinator.
Lininger will be speaking in Massie Hall Room 020 at 6:30 p.m.,Thursday, March 16. This is the first of what is hoped to be many in a Natural Science Lecture Series.
“We encourage anyone interested in pollinator issues to attend, and in many ways this will be the first step to getting all of those milkweed seeds planted” Kate added.