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Pollinator Protection in Dane County

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 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
  • Tabletop (36” x 72”) pollinator display boards

All can be checked out through the Dane County Natural Resource Education Center.

Resources

Pollinator Brochure
Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide
Pollinator Habitat Assessment
Citizen Monitoring Guide for Pollinators
Youth activity Pollinator Fortune Teller
Fortune Teller (Spanish)
Pollinators USDA Word Search
Pollinator Informational Seed Card

Seed Card Kit that contains instruction sheets, bags, informational seed cards, and bowls with the seed heads of 4-5 pollinator species of plants. Seeds can be taken out of the seed heads and bagged with the informational card as an activity.

Three Panel Tabletop Display Board on Pollinators with Carrying Case and Supply Bag. This display covers what is a pollinator, pollinator benefits, importance of bees, other pollinators, actions people can take, and a brochure holder with brochures and an interactive game on the differences between bees and wasps.

Plans and Reports

Dane County Pollinator Protection Final Report
State of Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan
Dane County Pollinator Protection Progress Report 2020
Dane County Pollinator Protection Progress Report 2019
Dane County Pollinator Protection Progress Report 2018
Dane County Pollinator Protection Progress Report 2017