The Buzz About OSU Mansfield's Pollinator Extravaganza

  • 9/11/2018 8:07:18 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Ohio State Mansfield campus held an event titled "Bee the Power of our Food: Pollinators Extravaganza" Tuesday afternoon.

The event was aimed at raising awareness of the importance of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths, as well as the OSU Mansfield Campus's eco-lab. The lab aims to incorporate the natural resources of the campus into the studies, research, and community outreach of OSU students.

Present at the Pollinators Extravaganza were faculty from both OSU's main and extension campus, their partner First Energy, members of the wildlife foundation and a local beekeeper. Students could learn how to identify types of bees, witness monarch butterflies in different stages of life, and take home pollinator-friendly plants for free. They could also take a walk around campus to identify the natural resources nearby that are helpful to pollinators and to humans.

"Some of our crops here in Ohio really depend on pollinators," said OSU Mansfield's Wildlife Program Specialist Marne Titchenell. "So they really are important. I believe it's one out of every three bites of food that you consume comes from something that a pollinator helped produce. Some of our honeybee populations are struggling... and of course some of our butterfly populations."

Titchenell had some suggestions for those who are interested in helping the critters that help us grow our food. Planting butterfly gardens big or small can help improve honeybee ad butterfly populations, or simply learning about pollinators and spreading the word, like OSU Mansfield did, can make a difference.

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