BLUEBIRD FINDS HOME ON NEW OHIO STATE PARKS LICENSE PLATE : OH

Article Posted: March 16, 2005

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BLUEBIRD FINDS HOME ON NEW OHIO STATE PARKS LICENSE PLATE

COLUMBUS, OH - A bluebird has landed on a new specialty license plate benefiting outdoor education programs and nature centers at Ohio State Parks.

�With the purchase of these attractive new bluebird license plates, motorists can help build greater public awareness and appreciation of Ohio�s great outdoors,� said Dan West, chief of Ohio State Parks. �Naturalists and the nature center programs they offer in many of our state parks contribute significantly to the enjoyment of a park visit. We hope we can expand these educational services with the help of proceeds from the sale of bluebird license plates.�

As with other specialty plates of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the bluebird plate costs an additional $25 above the price of a standard license plate, with $15 of that amount going to Ohio State Parks nature programs.

Nearly 200,000 visitors attended summer naturalist programs offered in the state parks last year. State park naturalists provide a variety of programs in the parks such as nature hikes, fishing derbies, and animal appreciation and care. Revenue from the bluebird license plate will bolster these programs and support naturalists taking nature into Ohio classrooms.

Bluebirds have inhabited Ohio for centuries and have been common and widely distributed throughout the state since the 19th Century. Volunteers in Ohio State Parks play a large roll in providing and maintaining nesting boxes at state parks to accommodate nesting bluebirds.

The bluebird plates are available March 23 through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles on the Internet at OPLATES.COM, by calling toll-free 888-PLATES3 (752-8373), or at any deputy registrar�s office.




Source: ODNR






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