Pollinator Protection in Dane County

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
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 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

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 Display Board

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.

Informational Resources

Dane County Pollinator Protection Progress Reports