Join us online for The Living Landscape Speaker Series!

Need inspiration to make it through the winter? Join fellow gardeners and nature enthusiasts for The Living Landscape Speaker Series. All sessions are free via Zoom, but preregistration is required.

January 15th@10AM  Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

January 22nd@1PM  Marne Titchenell: Enhancing Your Landscape for Birds and Other Wildlife

January 29th@10AM  Deb Knapke: Eco-Conscious Gardening: From Concept to Design

February 6th 10AM – 11:30AM Rick Darke: Dynamic Design and The Art of Observation

Find detailed program descriptions here.

Register here for the first three sessions. Check back on January 15th for the link to register for our final session with Rick Darke.

The Living Landscape Speaker Series is co-sponsored by OSU Entomology and The Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden, in cooperation with the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers and the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden Volunteers. Funding is provided in part by the Manitou Fund and NIFA’s IPM Pollinator Health grant.

Ohio Bee Survey update, and free Bee Guide!

The Ohio Bee Survey kicked off in 2020 with the goal of identifying all of Ohio’s bee fauna. While other states have conducted surveys of wild bees, this is the first survey undertaken in Ohio.

Although Covid-19 changed the survey strategies and methods of volunteer training, we were still able to recruit and train 154 bee collectors across Ohio in 2020. Instead of in person meetings to train collectors and distribute survey kits, participants were trained via live Zoom webinars conducted by survey director MaLisa Spring. Despite university closures and shipment challenges, survey kits were compiled and mailed to participants in each of Ohio’s 88 counties in April and May. Specimen collection began in May and continued weekly through September for most collectors. Drop-off days were held in October across the state to provide safe (socially-distanced) opportunities for collectors to submit samples.

To keep our collectors motivated and updated, MaLisa posted weekly updates on the Ohio Bee Survey website. Bee collectors (and assorted bee fans) looked forward to these lively, informative updates to learn more about what bees (and bycatch) were collected in 2020. Here, MaLisa’s post includes use of a grain of rice for a size comparison:

Rice, bees and thrips

Rice for scale really throws you for a loop when you realize that a dull green sweat bee (Dialictus sp) is about the same size as a grain of rice.

In total, 118 collectors returned kits with frozen samples. The bees (and other collected critters) were transferred to Dr. Karen Goodell’s lab at OSU Newark for pinning and identification. This process will likely take 18 months due to the volume of collected bees and the Covid-19 limits on volunteers and students working together to process samples.

As an exciting offshoot of the survey, one of our bee collectors with impressive graphic design skills worked with MaLisa Spring to create a bee field guide, Bees of Ohio: A Field Guide. This guide will be invaluable to train and support collectors, students and bee enthusiasts in Ohio. Many thanks to Amy Schnebelin for taking lead on the field guide project!

And many thanks to all our survey participants for your work on the Ohio Bee Survey!

2020 Volunteer Pollinator Specialization in NE Ohio: learn more and apply!

The newest volunteer pollinator specialization starts in February and runs through November. This class will be held in Northeast Ohio. Limited spaces are still available, but the class is filling up quickly. For more information and to apply visit this website.

Questions? Email Denise:

Register now for the One Day Insect University on the OSU campus, 10/30

Join fellow entomology enthusiasts for a daylong exploration of the world of insects. The OSU Department of Entomology is sponsoring a One Day Insect University on October 30th from 9:00AM to 4PM at the 4-H Center. Participants will learn about pollinators, insects in the garden and landscape, and the role citizen/community science plays in what we know about insects. The day will include encounters with the OSU Bug Zoo and an optional visit to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.

Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteer naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum volunteers, 4-H volunteers and all insect fans are invited to attend.

Fee to attend: $35 includes morning refreshments, lunch, all educational sessions and optional tour of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity. Parking is free and easy!

Register here!

All participants will hear these speakers:

Gretchen LeBuhn: The Great Sunflower Project: How Citizen Scientists Are Making a Difference for Pollinators

Mary Gardiner: Dandelion Detectives: A Youth Citizen Science Project Focused on the Value of Weeds

Dave Shetlar: Turfgass — Green Desert, or Lilliputian Rainforest?

Participants will select one of these three sessions:

1. Reed Johnson: Bees and Pesticides: What Are the Risks?

2. Danae Wolfe: Close Up Bugs to Promote Connections with Critters

3. Dave Shetlar: Maximizing Plant Health to Avoid Pest Problems in the Landscape

From 2PM – 4PM, participants will either take a field trip to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity (spaces limited, must select this option when registering) or will choose from the sessions below.

2:00 Sessions

A. Jerome (Jerry) Wiedmann: Butterflies in Ohio

B. Jeni Ruisch: Understanding Fear and How It Impacts Learners

C. Ashley Kulhanek: Using Phenology (Nature’s Calendar) to Track and Manage Plant Pests

3:00 Sessions

A. MaLisa Spring: The Ohio Dragonfly Survey — What We Found and How You Helped!

B. Sarah Short: Lyme and West Nile: Understanding the Disease Vectors; Protecting Yourself in Nature

C. Katie Turo: Creating Pollinator Habitat, Including Lessons Learned from Urban Cleveland

Program Adjourns at 4:00

Quick link to this site:

Bee the Power Open House on the OSU Mansfield Campus, 9/10/19

Pollinators will be center stage at this Ecolab event on Tuesday, September 10th from 4:30 to 6:30!

Bee Walk with Denise Ellsworth from OSU Entomology from 3-4 pm! Nets and vials will be provided for the walk. Volunteers can work on building their bee collections (if the weather, flowers and bees cooperate).

Come learn how the OSU Mansfield campus is working to create pollinator habitat along Ohio’s utility right of ways. Visit with specialists at displays on beekeeping, pollinator habitat, invasive species, and land management.

Take a self-guided tour of pollinator plots and the campus microfarm, where pollinators work on all levels. Stop to talk with experts along the way!

This is a FREE event – no need to register! Free refreshments!

Bee the Power in our Food Ecolab Event flier


Mini Bee Short Course coming to Wooster 9/19

Featuring Sam Droege, Jamie Strange and MaLisa Spring

Tips and tricks for spotting, collecting and identifying bees from some of the best biologists around.

September 19th, 9:30 AM to 2PM

Secrest Arboretum (Miller Pavilion) on the OSU Wooster campus, #33 on the map

Fee to attend: $10 cash or check, payable at the door. Lunch included.

Space is limited! Registration required!

You know Sam from his lab’s amazing photosYouTube videos and the Very Handy Manual: How to Catch and Identify Bees and Manage a Collection.

You’ve seen Jamie in Forgotten But Not Gone, a documentary about the rusty patched bumble bee and know his work as a USDA bee biologist. Jamie joins OSU in September as the chair of our Entomology Department!

MaLisa has studied bees in Ohio for years (including bees on vacant lots in urban Cleveland), and for two years has given leadership to the the Ohio Dragonfly Survey.

Topics to include:

Bees, Community Scientists and Tools to Link the Two;

Bumble Bees in Ohio: Overview, Threats and Reasons for Hope

Very Handy Tips and Tricks to Make Almost-Professionals Out of All Bee Fans

Bees in Ohio: Past, Present and Future? 

Supported in part by a USDA Pollinator Health IPM grant. Questions? Please e-mail Denise:

One Day Insect University coming to OSU Columbus Campus on 10/30

Are you ready to head back to class? The OSU Department of Entomology is sponsoring a One Day Insect University on October 30th from 9AM to 4PM at the 4-H Center. Participants will learn about pollinators, insects in the home and garden, and the role citizen/community science plays in what we know about insects. Presenters include Mary Gardiner, Dave Shetlar, Reed Johnson and other fabulous instructors! Gretchen LeBuhn of The Great Sunflower Project will give the keynote address.

The day will include encounters with the OSU Bug Zoo and an optional visit to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.

Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteer naturalists, 4-H volunteers and all insect fans are invited to attend. Join our “Ohio Workshops” contact list for more information as it becomes available.

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Registration opens in mid-September – for now, Save the Date!

Quick link to One Day Insect University website:

From Blight to Bright: Gardiner Lab Bus Tour in Cleveland (8/19)

From Blight to Bright: Reimagining vacant land to support people and biodiversity in cities

Are you interested in urban conservation? A field tour and workshop on August 19 hosted by Dr. Mary Gardiner and her Laboratory will highlight the importance of vacant land as a habitat for insects and source of many important ecosystem services we derive from our landscape. Speakers will  address the community of insects found in vacant lots, balancing the needs of people and insects in vacant lot design, how to establish native plants in degraded habitats, community gardening, and the importance of the urban forest. The city of Cleveland, OH manages over 30,000 vacant lots. Although these properties can be seen as blight, there are also many exciting ways to reimagine these greenspaces to promote conservation and community goals.

See the workshop schedule here: Blight to Bright – A Workshop on August 19 in Cleveland

Register here

Olivia Carril at Studio 35 in Columbus tomorrow (Sunday) from 1 – 3PM

Join us Sunday August 4th at Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202) for a celebration & education of our backyard friends – bees!

Beekeeper and educator, Dave Noble, will host this 2-hour fun filled adventure into the world of these most important insects. We’ll be hosting special guest – biologist, author, and bee researcher, Dr. Olivia Carril! Short films, presentations from Olivia, Dave, and a host of other bee researchers and experts will give you and entertaining look into the world of bees!

Bee-themed drinks, raffles, and interactive presentations will be on offer. This will be a fun, exciting way to learn about bees as well as find out what you can do to help keep these wonderful creatures healthy and happy!

Come to help us celebrate the Ohio Bee Tour with Olivia Carril. Copies of Olivia’s book The Bees in Your Backyard will be available for $25 and posters for $15 until they run out!

Admission just $5. BEE there!