Pollinator Protection in Dane County

Pollinator Protection in Dane County

Photo: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee  photo by Susan Carpenter

Pollinators are animals that visit flowering plants and transfer pollen from flower to flower, thus aiding plant reproduction. North American pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flower flies, beetles, hummingbirds, and in some parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, nectar-feeding bats. Bees purposefully collect pollen as a protein source for their offspring, making them very efficient pollinators.

The Dane County Environmental Council in cooperation with UW-Extension has developed a set of resource materials to assist with education about the importance of and how to protect pollinators. These include:  brochure, informational seed packets, a youth “fortune teller” game, and table top (36” x 72”) pollinator display boards.  All can be checked out through the Dane County Natural Resource Education Center.

Educational Resources

Pollinator Protection Brochure   Four color brochure describing the importance of and how to protect local pollinators.  Spanish version.

Pollinator Informational Seed Card    Four color single fold information card that gets inserted with small amount of pollinator seeds into a bag for citizens to take action.  Packet is put together as a youth or adult activity.  Spanish version.

Seed Card Activity Kit   Contains a folded informational card, bowls with pollinator plant seeds, small bags, and Instructions of how to construct the seed informational packet.  All this is in a tote bag that you can check out for youth or adult activity or to make as a stewardship incentive.

Youth Activity – Pollinator Fortune Teller Game    Activity is both coloring and constructing this “fortune teller” game and then playing the game while learning about pollinators.   Spanish version.

Pollinator Word search  Activity developed by the USDA.

Brochure Display Holder  Four color 11′  14′ free standing display on Protecting Dane County Pollinators that contains a holder for approximately 40 brochures.  Comes in 4 designs. One free holder available per organization.

Table Top Educational Display  Portable carrying case, and three panel display board that measures 36′ x 72″.  Set up with photos and text on pollinator protection on both sides of display.  Topics covered include:  what is a pollinator, bees and other pollinators, actions you can take to protect pollinators.  Contains an interactive game on bee and wasp identification based on their characteristics.  Also contains additional materials so that it can be customized to present more on habitat or other related topics. Click to see back side of display.  Can be signed out free of charge for events through the Dane County Natural Resource Education Center

Display Board front

Informational Resources

Dane County Pollinator Protection Report   Final report of the Dane County Pollinator Protection Task Force

State of Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan    Contains strategies, background information and resources for farmers, citizens, beekeepers and others.

Citizen Pollinator Monitoring Guide   Developed by Xerces Society

Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide  Developed by UW-Extension

Supporting Native Bees:  Our Essential Pollinators  Eight page publication developed by UW-Extension

Saving Wisconsin’s Native Pollinators  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Photo:  Honey Bees