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The Pollinator Project

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Alyssa Long, 10, center, and Natalie Merman, 10, right, work with other volunteers to create small nooks and objects for insects, including bees, to lay eggs inside.

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Courtney Louderback, 9, left, Ayman Omer, 8, center, and Amaan Omar, 10, right, work together using natural materials to craft an insect hotel for the Pollinator Project at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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Regina Chadwick, 10, a Lucas County 4-H member, center, gets help crafting a bundle of leafs.

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FEA beehotel19p Volunteers use natural materials to help craft an insect hotel for the Pollinator Project at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee. The project, which began as a grant from The Ohio State University and is run through its Lucas County extension, is geared toward raising awareness about the role bees play in nature. Groups of children from the Lucas County 4-H and a local Perrysburg Junior Girl Scout Troop turned out on Sunday, May 19, 2013, to help build an insect sanctuary. The structure will act as a place for various insects, including Mason and other types of bees, to lay their eggs and inhabit. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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FEA beehotel19p Amy Stone, extension educator for The Ohio State University, center, helped get the Pollinator Project going at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee. The project, which began as a grant from The Ohio State University and is run through its Lucas County extension, is geared toward raising awareness about the role bees play in nature. Groups of children from the Lucas County 4-H and a local Perrysburg Junior Girl Scout Troop turned out on Sunday, May 19, 2013, to help build an insect sanctuary. The structure will act as a place for various insects, including Mason and other types of bees, to lay their eggs and inhabit. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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FEA beehotel19p Kids and parents work together on the Pollinator Project at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee. The project, which began as a grant from The Ohio State University and is run through its Lucas County extension, is geared toward raising awareness about the role bees play in nature. Groups of children from the Lucas County 4-H and a local Perrysburg Junior Girl Scout Troop turned out on Sunday, May 19, 2013, to help build an insect sanctuary. The structure will act as a place for various insects, including Mason and other types of bees, to lay their eggs and inhabit. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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FEA beehotel19p Alyssa Long, 10, right, wipes her forehead as she takes a break from working with other students on crafting an insect hotel for the Pollinator Project at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee. The project, which began as a grant from The Ohio State University and is run through its Lucas County extension, is geared toward raising awareness about the role bees play in nature. Groups of children from the Lucas County 4-H and a local Perrysburg Junior Girl Scout Troop turned out on Sunday, May 19, 2013, to help build an insect sanctuary. The structure will act as a place for various insects, including Mason and other types of bees, to lay their eggs and inhabit. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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MAG beehotel21p Kim McCance, of Weston, right, and a man who declined to be named, left, read up on the insect hotel outside the Horticulture Barn at the Lucas County Fair on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Maumee. The insect hotel provides a place for bees and other insects to set up shop with the hope that they will help pollinate plants and otherwise contribute to the local ecosystem. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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MAG beehotel21p Frank Patz, center left, Erin Patz, center, and Charlene Patz, all of Perrysburg, right, take a look at the insect hotel set up outside the Horticulture Barn at the Lucas County Fair on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Maumee. The insect hotel provides a place for bees and other insects to set up shop with the hope that they will help pollinate plants and otherwise contribute to the local ecosystem. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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