Last week we finished sorting 3 kits and started on a 4th: S. Nelson (Henry County), B. Lodemeier (Ottawa County), T. Miller (Williams County), and started the kit by A. Ballinger (Butler County). We are over 27,899 bees pinned and databased! We have also now sorted over 65 kits and we are slowly picking up speed.
Guess that organism:
Challenge mode for those familiar with insects. Any guesses on the structure and the organism in the photo below?
Helping in the lab in the age of Covid:
We had four volunteers in our lab this week! We greatly appreciate their help processing specimens. I know everyone wants to go out and enjoy the nice weather now, so any help is greatly appreciated.
Wondering how you can help speed up our process? If you would like to come to the lab in Newark, there are several tasks that people can participate in. We will mostly have people start with pinning bees, but people can also be trained to sort bees from bycatch in samples, label specimens, or other lab tasks.
You do not have to be a collector to help out in the lab. You also do not have to help for the entire timeslot for a particular day, so if you are only interested in helping out for an hour or three, that still works. No one is obligated to spend the whole day pinning bees.
The lab is open to people interested in helping pin or sort specimens on a limited basis. The following caveats must be reached: 1) you have been vaccinated against covid, or 2) you have already gotten covid and recovered. If you fit one of these exceptions and want to come to the lab to help out, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4BAEAC2EA6F58-beepinning
Note we are still required to have masks on while on OSU property. We are still limiting our rooms to a maximum of 3 people, but we have additional classrooms down the hall to expand our capacity if more people want to volunteer at once.
Want to see how to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ohio? See the vaccine distribution website here: https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/
All for now,