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Pollinators Plus
Museum & Pollinator Habitats
Pollinator Plus Museum
What better way to raise awareness about the importance of and threats to pollinators, while raising funds to create pollinator habitats and remove invasive plants throughout our area! There will be displays about the role pollinators play, the threats they face, as well as exhibits of fossils, artifacts, and collectibles.
Read here about our plan.
Creating Pollinator Habitat
Man has created sterile wastelands that now threaten the existence of pollinators, which our food supplies are dependent on. This includes the chemically treated mono-culture agricultural areas, the concrete jungles of urban areas, and even the sterile landscapes of the suburbs.
Read here about our plan to help.
Invasive Plant Control
Non-native plants impact natural spaces in several different ways. Not only do they out-compete and take over, replacing the native species that pollinators and other wildlife depend on for a healthy balanced eco-system, but they often create other problems as well.
Read here about our plan to help.
Thinking outside the box . . . creative, innovative, resourceful ideas that you might be interested in.   Click here.    Feel Da Burn " by going to the bottom of that page!
Pollinator - Something that transfers pollen from one flower to another, or from one flower part to another flower part so that a seed(s) is produced. Examples include certain species of bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, bats, wasps, flies, and snails. Pollinators are at grave risk due to habitat loss, pesticide use, invasive plants, and other activities of man. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness, educate, create pollinator habitat, remove invasives, and generate funds to accomplish the aforementioned.
What would happen if:
Great Parks . . . Cincinnati Parks . . . Cincinnati Museum Center . . . Cincinnati Zoo . . . and every local school district, municipality, university, institution, church, conservation organization, and business got behind this completely?  No financial contribution needed at all.  A large portion of the funds raised to remove invasive plants and create pollinator habitats would come from tourists, and many of those coming to our area just to see the museum, and the awesome pollinator habitats that will be planted.
Pollinator Plus Museum

Pollinator Museum – A place where people can go to learn all about pollinators including what they are, the crucial role they play in our world, and the many serious threats that they face.

Plus – Visitors to the museum will also learn all about invasive plants, why they are one of the most serious threats to pollinators (and all native wildlife) in our area, what other problems they are causing, and what can be done about them.

Plus – Revenue generated by the museum will be used to remove invasive plants from throughout southwest Ohio. Park districts, businesses, municipalities, schools, churches, or any other land owners can earn credits to have invasive plants removed at no cost!

Plus – Revenue generated by the museum will also be used to create well maintained pollinator habitats in select locations.

Plus – Schools (or businesses) can earn credits to have well maintained pollinator habitats created on their property . . . at no cost!

Deeply discounted daily, two year, five year, and even lifetime passes are on sale now. Only a limited number of these passes will be sold to cover our basic operating expenses for the museum for one year. After this initial fund raiser is over, regular admission to the museum will be $10 per person.

Our target opening date for the museum is July 1st, 2017. www.poln8rsplus.org

Here’s how it works. Every time an admission pass is purchased for the museum, the buyer will be asked who they want credited for their transaction. Once the basic operating expenses of the museum have been covered, up to 100% of all revenue generated will go toward having invasive plants removed, and/or well-maintained pollinator habitat created for whatever park district, business, municipality, OR SCHOOL was credited for the admission pass purchase.
If your school district is credited for 1000 admission passes sold @ $10 ea., they will receive a $10,000 pollinator habitat. What’s more, only $5000 in plants, material, and labor will be invested initially so that $1000 per year can go toward maintaining the planting over the following five years. In fact, your students could be the very ones paid to help maintain the planting.
Of course if your school or district is credited for 10,000 visitors to the museum, @ $10 each, they will qualify for a $100,000 pollinator habitat . . . which would be quite impressive indeed!
Now this is just the tip of the ice burg as far as education, and our relationship with schools is concerned. We are also going to be putting together a mobile Pollinator Museum, which will travel throughout the region to visit schools, and educate students on everything pollinators . . . and invasive plants. We are also going to be introducing a new sustainable method of handling mowing at school districts and parks which would save thousands of dollars, and have many other benefits as well . . . but more on that later.
Btw, if any of your students want to help create some of the displays for the museum, we will be recruiting qualified volunteers to help with that. There will also be numerous opportunities for volunteers to help with research, marketing, and many other projects that we will be involved with.
Please visit our web site to learn more about this exciting opportunity, including how to purchase tickets in order to start building credits for your school or district right now.

Thank you,

Ken Carman Founder/Director


Click here to see some of the awesome pollinators (and birds!) that we have been seeing at a new Milkweed Rescue / Pollinator Habitat project that we started a few weeks ago.
Want to see what kind of amazing wildlife can be seen throughout southwest Ohio?

Check out these awesome wildlife images:    

 Wildlife of Southwest Ohio 

Change in Hamilton County Park District leadership desperately needed!!!

The residents of Hamilton County need a park district leadership team that cares about and prioritizes wildlife and wildlife habitat. Time for change is long overdue . . . we must act now! Read more . . . 
If you truly support the Hamilton County Park District, and wildlife conservation as a whole, then you must stand with me, and call for a replacement of the current leadership team.

We can still have all of the amazing recreational opportunities we have now . . . and more, but first we must protect the land, and the wildlife it supports!  Plus, we need leadership that does not purposefully and repeatedly mislead and deceive the residents of Hamilton County, and waste millions in tax dollars. We need leadership that is totally open and transparent, and has their priorities straight.

There is yet a great deal more information to be added to this site, along with numerous photos and videos that detail the serious disconnect that Great Parks leadership has with wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation. 

In case you are wondering why I am taking what some might see as a strong, and even harsh approach, there are several reasons combined.

1. They are doing a terrible job of managing the natural areas of the park, many of which are now overrun with catastrophically invasive non native plants.

2. They repeatedly use their strength in marketing to mislead and deceive the public in many ways, and of course one of these is by convincing people that they are doing a good job of protecting that which has been entrusted into their care.

3. Not only do they show no true passion for wildlife, they actually show very little interest in it.  This is very clearly demonstrated both in the information I have collected from their website, published documents, and news articles, in spending priorities, and by the current condition of the natural areas of the parks.

4. I first tried to approach them with a friendly offer to help them with a property that they own, but are not currently using as a park. Their response to me was utterly disrespectful, and included them sending out a worker to bush hog down a large patch of Swamp Milkweed that had Monarch caterpillars on it and was still forming seed pods. You can read some of the rest of that story here (even more yet to come), and can see the collection of wildlife photos I started since first stumbling across the property just this past August. (Conrey Wildlife . . . albums 6 through 21). 

Current leadership must be replaced. The need is urgent, and immediate. I care too much, and saw no other choice.

Go to this page to really start digging into much of what I have uncovered so far, and be sure to get to the second half of the page where I list my current 14 biggest issues with the current GP leadership.

Beginning soon, I will be leading tours to point out some prime examples of some of the problems.  I will also be making myself available for TV, radio, and newspaper interviews, as well as being fully prepared to publically debate anyone (including GP leadership) on this subject. And yes, I have lots of awesome ideas and recommendations on how the Hamilton County Park District can truly become great . . . more on that later.
Just One Small But Good (BAD) Example
I have taken numerous photos and shot lots of video footage that shows just a portion of how bad the Great Parks invasive plants issue really is. The video to the right is just one small example from what is supposed to be one of their most protected properties, Richardson Forest Preserve.
Here is what they say about it on their own website:  "This forest preserve has been protected and monitored by the park district since 1965. Its 393 acres of freshwater marsh serves as a habitat for many rare and unusual plant species, including skunk cabbage, marsh marigold and five-angled dodder." . . . click here.

In this video, all of the green (and yellowish green) leaves you see are of the catastrophically invasive Amur Honeysuckle. It eventually replaces all other native plants where it grows, including trees, which can no longer produce seedlings. It even/also heavily competes with mature trees, for water and nutrients, making them far more susceptible to attack from insects and disease.

Why planting trees here and now is wrong . . . dead wrong!!!  click here.

What is it, and why is it so bad?
Read more by clicking here.