Pollinator Short Course and Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training, 11/27 in Wooster

The OSU Wooster Campus, Fisher Auditorium
1680 Madison Ave.

10AM to 2:30PM

$25, payable at the door

Join fellow bee and pollinator enthusiasts for this daylong training focusing on pollination, bee biology, native bee identification, and habitat enhancement — with a focus on bumble bees. Participants will learn to identify common bees using pinned samples and microscopes, and will leave with practical ideas to increase pollinator habitat. Program sponsored by The Ohio State University Bee Lab. Ohio Pollinator Advocates are trained volunteers who help to spread the word about the importance of pollinators. Session taught by Denise Ellsworth, OSU Entomology/Extension. Contact Denise (ellsworth.2@osu.edu) with any questions.

Handouts, lunch, coffee and light refreshments provided.

Register here.

Bees in Your Backyard with Olivia Carril: free lecture this Sunday from 2 – 4 in Cincinnati

Join Olivia Carril for a free afternoon lecture: Sunday, October 7, 2-4 pm
Location: Keeler Theater at Cincinnati Country Day School 
(6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243)Click Here for directions and campus map. Contact with coconnor@cincynature.org with location questions.

Native bees, essential for healthy ecosystems, are usually gentle, solitary, and under-appreciated by homeowners. Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard, will reveal the charming mysteries of these busy little creatures which provide a critical service as pollinators for so many edible and ornamental plants.  Join us at John Whitman Keeler Theater at Cincinnati Country Day as Dr. Carril introduces buzzworthy facts about the bees in your backyard and beyond.

Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril received her PhD in plant biology and has been studying bees and the flowers they visit for nearly 20 years.

Following the lecture, Dr. Cory Christopher, Director of the Center for Conservation will moderate an open discussion between the presenter and the audience. Moving beyond the traditional Q&A, audience members will have the opportunity to network with each other about local initiatives relevant to the topic, and share ways that everyone can contribute.

Free for all.  Please register below for a ticket for general seating at Keeler Theater at Cincinnati Country Day School.

CLICK HERE to register.

Coming to Wooster on September 21st: Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium

Join us on the OSU Wooster campus for the fourth annual Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium. This event brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and expertise. They will share the most up-to-date information on pollinators, native plants, pesticide usage and best practices in creating ecologically sound habitats. This educational and exhilarating symposium will energize your approach to gardening! Learn how you can make a positive difference in your community and world.

Speakers include:

Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, Garden in the Woods

Sustainable Horticulture: Redefining the American Landscape

Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder of Monarch Watch

Saving the Monarchs

Dr. Annie White, Ecological Landscape Architect

Inspiring Design Strategies for Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape

Register by September 20th

Native Bees in Your Backyard workshop with Olivia Carril coming to the Cincinnati area on October 5th

OSU is partnering with the University of Kentucky to bring native bee researcher Olivia Carril (co-author of Bees in Your Backyard) to Kenton County, Kentucky (just over the river in the greater Cincinnati area) for a one-day hands-on workshop, ‘Native Bees in Your Backyard.’  The workshop will be held on Friday, October 5th, and will cost $45.00, and includes a lunch, and handouts.  The book ‘The Bees in Your Backyard’ will also be available for purchase from the author.

Participants will they learn much about our native bees, but they’ll also have a chance to meet and visit with bee enthusiasts from Northern Kentucky, SE Indiana, and SW Ohio.

Space is limited to 40 persons, so register asap!  Call to register (859) 356-3155), or visit this website: https://kenton.ca.uky.edu/content/horticulture

Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides webinar with OSU’s Elizabeth Long

In this webinar, Elizabeth Long provides a brief overview of the factors that influence pesticide exposure risks for beneficial insects across the landscape. She summarizes current knowledge of the different routes of pesticide exposure for pollinators, discusses the research methods used to identify these risks, and highlights steps we can take to promote and protect pollinators in our home, urban, and agricultural landscapes. View webinar recording here.

New Ohio Pollinator Advocate trainings scheduled

New Ohio Pollinator Advocate training dates have been scheduled at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster (August 7 ) and at The Bergamo Center in Dayton (September 13). These are identical training sessions, just different locations. Small fee required.

Ohio Pollinator Advocates are certified, trained volunteers who spread the word about the importance of pollinators. Advocates complete at least two hours of training in pollination biology, Ohio bee identification, bee biology and habitat enhancement. Once certified, advocates agree to teach two programs to adult and youth audiences to help spread the word about why pollinators matter and how to take action to conserve these important animals. Advocates have access to outreach resources and materials, including PowerPoint programs and identification guides. 

Learn more here, and register to attend here.

Free native perennials in exchange for helping hands in Wooster! 6/28

The OSU Bee Lab is having a planting and native perennial distribution work day next Thursday 6/28 from 9:30AM to 2PM in Wooster. We’ll meet in the parking lot between Thorne Hall and the Stinner Pollinator Garden on the OARDC campus in Wooster (between #8 and #9 on the map). Come when you can and stay as long as you can. Helpers will go home with native perennials as a thank you for your help! We’ll be helping OSU staff load perennials for state pollinator gardens, and planting native plugs in the 40 x 40 native demonstration plot.

Bring water and lunch, and dress for the weather.

Let Denise know (ellsworth.2@osu.edu) if you can join us so we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

Bee Blitzes across Ohio during National Pollinator Week, June 16 – 24

Join Denise Ellsworth from the OSU Bee Lab along with fellow bee enthusiasts at one of these Bee Blitz events across Ohio during National Pollinator Week, June 16 – 24. We’ll use nets and vials to catch (and then release) bees in the field and identify common Ohio species. Shorter events are free; longer events require registration and small fee (see below).

Nets, bee ID guides and vials provided to use in the field. Bring water, a snack or lunch in a day pack, and dress for the weather and ticks. If the weather looks threatening, call Denise to check for cancellations: (234) 249-4346. Questions? Contact Denise at ellsworth.2@osu.edu

  • Saturday, June 16th: 11:00 – 1PM (no fee)

Bissell Nature Center,  3973 Callender Road, Rock Creek, OH 44084

  • Monday, June 18th: 1PM – 3PM (no fee)

Smuckers Store, Orville. Meet in parking lot: pollinator plot is south of the lot.

Secrest Arboretum, Wooster (Miller Pavilion, #5 on the map)

Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training and PM Bee Blitz

Indoor training in the morning, field time in the afternoon

Bring your lunch

  • Wednesday, June 20: 1PM – 3PM (no fee)

Rittman Orchard, Doylestown. Meet at the orchard store entrance.

  • Thursday, June 21: 1PM – 3PM (free for members, $10 fee for non-members to enter Holden)

Holden Arboretum, Kirtland. Meet at the visitor center.

OSU’s Waterman Farm, Columbus

Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training (10 – 12:30) and PM Bee Blitz (1 – 3PM, no fee)

Indoor training in the morning in the farm classroom, field time in the afternoon

Bring your lunch

  • Saturday, June 23: Anytime between 10AM – 3PM

Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

Come to the pollinator garden throughout this free pollinator festival!

34 New Ohio Pollinator Advocates Trained in Mason!

Welcome to the newest group of Ohio Pollinator Advocates, trained on March 24th at the Southwestern Ohio Beekeeper School in Mason! Our next training will take place in Columbus on April 5th at the Franklin County Extension office. We’re well on our way to training 200 Ohio Pollinator Advocates in 2018!