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Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative

It's a sweltering morning in Beltsville, Md., and I'm face-to-face with bee doom. Mark Dykes, a "Bee Squad coordinator" at the University of Maryland, shakes a Mason jar filled with buzzing honeybees that are coated with powdered sugar. The sugar loosens the grip of tiny Varroa mites, a parasite that plagues bees; as he sifts the powder into a bowl, they poke out like hairy pebbles in snow.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking Ohioans to collect milkweed seed pods to help bring back the declining population of the monarch butterfly, create more wildlife habitat and help agriculture.