OSU Volunteer Pollinator Specialization (based in Columbus) now accepting applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Volunteer Pollinator Specialization program. Ohio Pollinator Advocates, OSU Master Gardeners, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum volunteers, urban farmers and others are invited to apply.

Participants will take part in at least 30 hours of educational training through monthly specialization programs. Our emphasis will be on native bee and bumble bee biology and identification. The orientation on 2/11 and 2/12 is required; all other sessions flexible.

To certify, participants will complete 30 educational hours and 20 volunteer hours by September 2020. Volunteer hours can be obtained through pollinator-related projects, gardens or outreach in your community.

This program is co-sponsored by the OSU Bee Lab in the Department of Entomology and Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.

Monthly classes (9:30AM to 3:00PM)
February – November, 2019
Locations in and near Franklin County

Topics include:

Bee Biology
Pollinator Ecology
Bee Identification
Bumble Bees
Pollinators in Community Gardens
Intro to Beekeeping
Monarch Butterflies
The Ohio Bee Atlas
Creating Pollinator Habitat
Gardens and Farms for Pollinators
Teaching Others

Dates and locations:

2/11 and 2/12, Chadwick Arboretum on the OSU Main Campus
3/28, OSU Pollinator Summit, Main Campus
4/24, Franklin Park Conservatory
5/16, Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware
6/11, Franklin Park
6/16-22, Bee Blitzes across Ohio
7/11, Chadwick Arboretum
8/3, Chadwick Arboretum
9/5, Meadow visits
10/10 Chadwick Arboretum
10/30, One Day Insect University, OSU
11/13, Chadwick Arboretum

Register here; registration deadline is December 15th, 2018. This program is sure to fill quickly, so don’t delay if you’re interested in participating!

Applicants will be contacted by December 21st about admission to the program.

$250 includes all sessions, supplies and handouts. Payment is not due until January (participants will be contacted with details).

Access the program flier here: http://u.osu.edu/vps2019/vps-central-flier/

For questions or for more information: contact Denise Ellsworth, ellsworth.2@osu.edu

Milkweed seedlings and funding for monarch restoration projects in 2019!

Hello! Amber Barnes from Pollinator Partnership has passed on this information about milkweed seedlings for 2019 projects. Please read on for details about purchasing milkweed plants as well as grant opportunities for resptoration projects.

As you may know, the monarch butterfly is in decline and they need milkweeds and other nectar sources to be planted across the landscape to support their fantastic tri-national migration. One of the key frustrations many gardeners, conservationists, and land managers face in their conservation efforts is the inability to find locally appropriate milkweed plants to provide this much-needed habitat.

In response, Monarch Watch has created the Milkweed Market to assist those who are looking for regionally appropriate milkweeds to incorporate into their garden, restoration, landscaping, or to sell in their garden center. The Milkweed Market provides the opportunity to get low cost or free (for non-profits and schools) milkweed seedlings for your projects. You simply need to order ahead of time, to make sure they can meet the upcoming year’s demand.

As part of a North American Pollinator Protection Campaign effort, members of the Monarch Task Force are working to spread the word about this great resource and let you know that the time to order is now. Please see the below message from Monarch Watch to find out more, and share this with your network as you see fit!

Three ways to get milkweed seedlings: order now from Monarch Watch for Spring 2019 plants!

Monarch Watch is excited to report that with our partner nurseries in Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and Florida, we distributed over 147,000 milkweed seedlings in 2018. Planning for Spring 2019 begins now. Preorders and early applications are necessary to help us determine how many plants we need to grow.

Please help get the word out about these three ways to get milkweed plants, and put your order in now.

  1. Milkweeds are available for purchase by the flat through our Milkweed Market. Preorder for Spring 2019 here: https://monarchwatch.org/milkweed/market/

2. We have funding in place to distribute 100,000 FREE milkweeds for restoration projects. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2019. The link to the free milkweed information page and application is provided below. This grant provides free milkweeds for large scale (2+ acres) habitat restorations on both private and public lands. http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds-for-restoration-projects/

3. Through a separate grant, schools and educational non-profit organizations can apply for one free flat of milkweed for Spring 2019 at this link: https://biosurvey.ku.edu/application-free-milkweed-nonprofits-and-schools

Thank you for your help in spreading the word and planting more milkweed for monarchs. If you do not see milkweed available for you now, re-visit the Milkweed Market later to see if we have added products based on new seed acquisitions.

Please contact Dena Podrebarac at Monarch Watch with any questions at denap@ku.edu.

Ohio Pollinator Advocate…please share what you’ve done!

Hello! You are receiving this message because you’ve completed the Ohio Pollinator Advocate or Volunteer Pollinator Specialization training offered by the OSU Department of Entomology. Please help us to compile our 2018 program impacts by filling out this brief form. This should only take 5 to 10 minutes. You can also access the form below.

Contact Denise Ellsworth with any questions. Thank you!


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.