Pollinator Habitat Establishment Recommendations
Pollinator plantings are a great way to improve pollinator habitat and biodiversity. Planting native herbaceous and woody species that are beneficial to pollinators throughout the landscape will prove to not only be attractive to pollinators, but also aesthetically pleasing to the eye and attractive to many other species of wildlife. This guide will walk you through the steps to creating a great habitat and the 3 P’s of pollinator habitat establishment: Planning, Patience and Persistence. View the PDF here.
Milkweed Seed Collection Brochure
Each fall, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative calls on all Ohioans to gather common milkweed seed pods for pollinator habitat projects. Since 2015, hundreds of Ohioans have worked together collecting thousands of pods across the state. Volunteers have collected approximately 5000 gallons of common milkweed seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds! Find out how to help collect seeds this year to help us create even more pollinator habitat using these seeds. View the PDF here.
Milkweed-Wildflower Seed Request Form
Use this form to request milkweed and wildflower seed from the OPHI seed collection program. View the PDF here.
Ohio Solar Site Pollinator Habitat Planning and Assessment Form
Use this form to evaluate a solar habitat site for its pollinator habitat quality and to determine if it meets the OPHI solar pollinator habitat standards. View the PDF here.
Milkweed Collection & Processing Letter
OPHI needs your help this season for collection and processing. Please see the link for the detailed letter. Hello Pollinator Partners.pdf
Tips on Collecting Milkweed Seed Pods
How do you tell the difference between various types of milkweed? This brochure explains the characteristics of Common Milkweed, Hemp Dogbane, and Swamp Milkweed to help distinguish among them. It also contains advice on how to collect seed pods. View the PDF here.
Partner with the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative!
See this letter and form for information about how to support OPHI and partner with us. OPHI is a collaborative effort, and we invite you to join us in promoting pollinator habitat through outreach, education, habitat conservation and creation, data/monitoring, and habitat management guidelines. View the PDF here.