Thanks and next steps

A big shout out to MaLisa Spring for her coordination of the Ohio Bee Survey! I know everyone appreciates MaLisa’s leadership and unending willingness to share her bee knowledge through training, posts and more than a little hand-holding. The bee specimen return rate is a testament to the project’s success under MaLisa’s guidance.

And, many thanks to everyone who participated at every level in this year’s survey. Whether you collected for a few weeks or for the entire season (or simply read along and shared in the progress), you were an integral part of this survey’s success! Together, we have taken great strides (particularly in this difficult year!) in the effort to detail Ohio’s bee fauna.

In case you haven’t already registered for next week’s One Week (Virtual) Insect University, let me invite you to join us for a free. daily pollinator-focused webinar from October 26th through 30th. Our speakers include Jamie Strange, Heather Holm, Olivia Carril, Jennifer Thieme and Doug Tallamy. Find details and the registration link here. Consider the InsectU program a small thank you for your work to conserve our insect diversity.

Best wishes to all for a safe and healthy fall and winter!

Bee Survey update webinar 8/10@4:30PM with MaLisa Spring: Where are we now, where are we going? Plus: “ID Tips for Bedraggled Dead Bees in Water”

Hello collectors and bee survey fans! MaLisa Spring is inviting you to a Bee Survey update webinar on August 10th at 4:30 PM to discuss the status of the Ohio Bee Survey and our next steps. She will also recap some popular “ID Tips for Bedraggled Dead Bees in Water.”

Don’t worry if you can’t attend live; we’ll post the recording link.

I hope to see you then!

Denise Ellsworth is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Link and full details follow:

Topic: Bee Survey update
Time: Aug 10, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Paint filter issue and a solution

Hi all! Maybe you had a similar experience this week with the bee survey paint filters? The filter paper is rather flimsy, and was nearly disintegrated by the time I finished picking up my bowl contents.

If you put the paper filter inside a coffee filter before you empty your bowls, this should suffice to gather your catch. Just let the soapy water drain through, then fold the two together and put them in the week’s ziploc bag. Cone or basket filter should work.



Participant sign-up is now open!

I’m happy to announce that the we have opened the participant sign-up for The Ohio Bee Survey!

Visit Be a Bee Collector to learn more about the Ohio Bee Survey and what bee collectors will do.

If you’d like to participate by setting and collecting bee bowls over the 21-week collection period this year, please visit this page to sign up.

Remember that we’re in need of bee collectors in each county in Ohio, so choosing a less-populated county (if possible) will greatly help the project. We hope to have the kits mailed out to collectors in early May, with bee collection beginning thereafter.
Be sure to let Denise ( or MaLisa ( know what questions you have.

Where are the bees? Find out at Dawes in 2020…

The Bee Survey Team@Dawes will begin training team members in 2020. This 25-hour training program will introduce participants to the fundamental elements of bee field research including research design, methods and ethics. Participants will learn and practice field survey techniques as well as sorting, pinning and labelling specimens in the “lab.” Sessions will include indoor and outdoor experiences.

Participants will:

* Learn transect, quadrat and bee bowl techniques

* Collect, sort, pin and label bee specimens

* Develop bee identification skills to the genus level

* Participate in ongoing bee field research at The Dawes Arboretum and through the Ohio Bee Survey.

When: training sessions will be held monthly in 2020 on the third Tuesday from February through June. We will also have a field practice day in June and a follow-up session in September.

February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, June 23 (field practice day), September 15 (follow-up)

Daily schedule – 10am – 2pm (gather at 9:30)

Where: The Dawes Arboretum, Newark

The instructor team has extensive experience designing and conducting bee field research. Instructors include: Shana Byrd, Olivia Carril, Denise Ellsworth (organizer), Karen Goodell, MaLisa Spring, Livia Raulinaitis, and Jamie Strange

Who should register:

Applicants should already have an understanding of bee biology and identification, such as Ohio pollinator advocates, Volunteer Pollinator Specialists, OSU wild bee field school participants, college students or equivalent. This is NOT a program appropriate for bee biology/ID beginners.

Maximum enrollment is 20 due to space and microscope limitations.

Preference will be given to participants who are willing and able to volunteer with the ongoing non-lethal transect surveys at Dawes Arboretum and/or with specimen collections through the Ohio Bee Survey,. Participants must be committed to attending all training sessions.

Cost to participate: $100 (due in January). Accepted participants will be contacted in January with payment details.

Many supplies and materials will be provided. Participants will bring a packed lunch.

For more information or questions: contact Denise Ellsworth,

Apply to participate beginning on December 2nd at 9AM. This program will sell out quickly!

Applicants will be contacted by the end of the week (12/6) to let you know if there’s a space for you in the program.