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This weather is really making us dream of warmer times; spring and summer still feels like forever away, but I couldn’t be more excited for the change in seasons. If you tuned in to Moving Forward last Thursday, then you heard me speak with Hannah Howard and Paul Crosser from the Muscatine Pollinator’s project. My live interview with them was one that got me very excited to get outside and see all the native species of plants that Iowa has to offer. The Pollinator project is focused on improving the environment for the 100’s of different pollinator species that call Iowa home. Agriculture is an incredibly important and integral part of life in the Midwest and it has made a large difference in the landscape of this state. Hannah gave us a look at just how much it has changed, “If you think about Iowa, we used to be a prairie state, over eighty percent of the state was covered in prairie, and now we have less than one percent of that prairie left.”

We must take into account just how big an impact that would have on the native species of both plants and flowers that grew in those prairies, and the pollinators that fed off them. So, what the Pollinator project is trying to accomplish is the reintroduction of those native species into urban areas to create a better environment for the pollinator species in Muscatine.

Our discussion has me excited to get outside this summer and walk our property and find out what kind of native plants we could introduce into our ecosystem.

Be sure to check out my interview with Hannah and Paul from the Muscatine Pollinator Project on YouTube at Voice of Muscatine.

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