Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure on Saturday at Highbanks Metro Park: can you help?

Can you volunteer this Saturday with the 10TV and Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park (Saturday, July 13)? The event will run from 10am- 4pm in our Big Meadows picnic area (9466 Columbus Pike).  We are expecting a very large crowd for the event!

Rajat Saksena, one of our OSU Volunteer Pollinator Specialists, is coordination a pollinator/insect display at the event, and could use some helping hands. Please contact Rajat if you can help.

Rajat Saksena

Ph.D. Candidate, Research Associate

Details on the event:

Those arriving before the event begins will be able to park and unload near the Big Meadows 2 parking lot.  Please allow plenty of time to park and reach your location if coming after the event begins!

Who knows what the weather will actually be, but for now the forecast is Sunny and 85! We will have water and snacks available and there will be food trucks with all sorts of goodies!

For further details about the event, follow this link  Feel free to share the event information on all your social media outlets and with friends and family!

We are looking forward to a great day!  See you Saturday!

Jill Snyder

Assistant Manager- Interpretation & Education


Help monarchs: attend Project Wingspan training on 7/9 in London, OH

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Pollinator Partnership in conjunction with the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative will be holding a workshop in London, Ohio to teach volunteers interested in contributing to Project Wingspan how to ID and collect seed from our target list of monarch and rusty patched bumble bee forage and host plants. Participants will also learn proper data collection techniques. Please see below for details and make sure to fill out the form to let us know if you will be attending.

This workshop is designed to train for all levels of participation (Team Lead, Data Collector, and Seed Collection Volunteer) and participants will also learn proper data collection techniques and how to conduct a seed collection event.

July 9, 2019
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Gwynne Conservation Area
640 Arbuckle Road.  London, Ohio 43140


  • Registration will be cut off when the venue is filled or by July 6th
  • Please arrive about 10 minutes before the start time to give yourself an opportunity to sign in and get a seat. The Visitor Center opens at 9 am, so if you arrive early you may have to wait to enter the building.

For more information on the venue and location of the training site, see the link below:

At our training you will learn how to:

  • ID the 29 native wildflowers we’re targeting for this project
  • Responsibly collect seed from the landscape
  • Perform a seed cut test
  • Collect field data
  • Properly follow our seed collection protocol
  • Use our GIS data collection application on your smart phone (for designated data collectors)
  • Weather permitting, how to do all of this in a field setting

What to bring:

  • A notebook and writing utensil
  • Water bottle
  • Field clothes (we may go outside)
  • Bug spray

If you plan to be a Team Lead or Data Collector for the project, we recommend that you download the free Survey123 app from your mobile device’s app store before arriving.

Upon completion of this training, all registered attendees will be awarded a digital personalized certificate of completion.

Click the button below to let us know if you plan to attend:

Register Now
Email Mike at with any questions!

Free Bee and Wasp Cards to Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Ohio is home to more than 450 species of bee. They’re bumble bees, carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and others, and you can identify more than a dozen of them — types you’re likely to see in your garden — using the pocket bee card from The Ohio State University.

And how about some love for wasps? Ohio has an amazing diversity of wasps, including paper wasps, golden digger wasps and potter wasps. Not fond of wasps? They serve as pollinators, are important in the biological control of caterpillars and other pests, and add to the diversity and beauty of our landscapes.

To celebrate National Pollinator Week, The OSU Department of Entomology is offering a free copy of the 4-by-6-inch bee and wasp identification cards. Common Bees of Ohio and Common Wasps of Ohio cards can be requested through July 5th by sending a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to “Bees and Wasps” c/o Denise Ellsworth, OSU Entomology, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. One copy of each card will be sent per envelope.

Multiple copies of the bee and wasp cards can be purchased through the OSU Extension Publications website.

Bee Walks and Bee Blitzes for National Pollinator Week

So far this week, we’ve seen an assortment of butterflies, bumble bees and other pollinators on our bee walks, despite challenging weather. Maybe we’ll see each other Thursday in Doylestown, Friday in Chadwick Arboretum in Columbus, or Saturday at Franklin Park Conservatory’s Pollinator Palooza?

Join fellow bee fans for casual bee and pollinator exploration with Denise Ellsworth. No fee, no registration required. Dress for the weather and light walking. Nets, vials and bee cards provided. Cancelled if raining (call for message: 330-263-3723).

Thursday, June 20th, Rittman Orchards in Doylestown: bee walk and bee blitz 1PM to 3PM (meet at store entrance)

Friday, June 21st, Chadwick Arboretum on the OSU Columbus campus (meet in front of Howlett Hall): bee walk and bee blitz 1PM to 3PM

Saturday, June 22nd, Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Free event, lots of activities and displays! Rain or shine! Free bee walks at 11:30, 1PM and 2PM in the pollinator garden. No field clothes needed.

Dawes Arboretum seeking bee fans….and a bee biologist!

The Dawes Arboretum is looking for volunteers with schedule flexibility who are willing to commit to an ongoing survey. They need folks with a strong comfort level with pollinator identification (or those who are willing to assist in ID of specimens).  They are also seeking an individual with strong biology/ID skills for a temporary field biology position.

Citizen scientist volunteers will assist with monthly insect and bee surveys in a research project that will allow native prairie plantings in electric rights-of-way. The result of these surveys are critical for demonstrating the importance of habitat creation. The ~ 7 minute surveys will provide the data needed for AEP and other power companies to validate planting native prairies following construction on their lines.
Volunteers with a strong comfort level with bee or invertebrate identification (in field or classroom) and a flexible schedule who can commit to monthly or bi-weekly monitoring in small research plots on our preserve are invited to contact Shana Byrd or Livia Raulinaitis for more information to take part in this exciting project.
For more information about the bee biologist position, please contact Shana or Livia.
Thank You,
Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation
Livia Raulinaitis, Conservation Research Technician

Pollinator Plants for Outreach/Demo sites, plus volunteers needed!

Hello! We have flats of native perennials to distribute to pollinator outreach sites across the state, and we need help with the process! Can you help in Wooster on one of these days?
Friday, June 14th from 10AM to 12PM
Thursday, June 20th from 9:30 to 12PM

 Volunteers will help label and organize flats, and will assist during plant distribution. Volunteers will also go home with a few native plants for your own garden, plus Denise’s eternal gratitude. Please sign up here to volunteer. We will meet on the OSU Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave. Wooster. Come to the parking lot near #10 and #12 on this map:

You can also pick up plants for a demonstration garden (2 flats, mixed) when you volunteer, but you must register to pick up plants. Plants can only be used for public outreach and education projects, not for personal use and not to resell. Register here:

Thanks so much for your help! Please contact me with any questions:


New OSU Citizen Science Program for Youth (3rd – 7th grade): Dandelion Detectives!

The Gardiner Lab at The Ohio State University is developing a youth-focused citizen science program called Dandelion Detectives. The lab is seeking individuals, school groups, and other youth organizations to participate in this collaborative project! Dandelion Detectives aims to measure the value of lawn weeds for bees and other insects by having school age kids (targeting 3-7th graders) monitor an “Observation Dandelion” and collect data about the richness of blooming weeds (or lack thereof) found in their yard. Dandelion Detectives will take place over the summer of 2019 and is open to anyone who has access to a yard.

The project will take ~5 hours to complete and involves: completing a pre and post questionnaire about insects and their importance; observing insects at an “Observation Dandelion” created using simple provided materials and sugar water mixture; and conducting a lawn weed survey. Participating Dandelion Detectives will be able to upload all of their findings to a project website. At the end of the project, students will receive a “Student Scientist” certificate and be invited to attend an optional event in Columbus Ohio where they can meet OSU scientists who study insects and see what their data and participation has contributed to!

Sign up here to become a Dandelion Detective!

Bee Walks and Bee Blitzes for National Pollinator Week, June 17 – June 22

Here are some upcoming programs for National Pollinator Week, June 17 to 23rd.

We have an assortment of casual bee and pollinator exploration events scheduled across the region. These events are all free with no registration required, except for the June 18th program at Secrest (see details below). Dress for the field (long pants, hat, shoes for walking, bring water). Nets, vials and bee cards provided. Individual events are cancelled if it’s raining (call for message: 330-263-3723). Denise Ellsworth will be leading each event.

June 15th, Wooster Memorial Park: bee walk and bee blitz 1PM to 3PM (park at education entrance). This “pre-event” kicks off the week.

June 18th: Secrest Arboretum: early summer bees, plants and pollinators with a focus on bumble bees. This is an indoor and outdoor workshop from 10AM to 2PM, please register.  Meet at the Secrest Welcome and Education Center. Dress for the weather and light walking. $10 at the door for the public; free for VPS class participants. Pack a water bottle and your lunch.

June 19th, Smuckers Store in Orville: bee walk and bee blitz 1PM to 3PM (meet at store entrance)

June 20th, Rittman Orchards in Doylestown: bee walk and bee blitz 1PM to 3PM (meet at store entrance)

June 21st, Chadwick Arboretum on the OSU Columbus campus (meet in front of Howlett Hall): bee walk and bee blitz 1PM to 3PM

June 22nd, Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Free event, lots of activities and displays! Rain or shine! Free bee walks at 11:30, 1PM and 2PM in the pollinator garden.

Questions? Please email Denise:

The Business End of Bees, free program on 5/23

Hello Ohio Pollinator Advocate! You’re invited to a free program on May 23rd at Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware (map here), sponsored by Stratford and OSU Entomology. Dave Noble will be teaching “The business end of honey bees, for non-beekeepers,” including the economics of beekeeping, pollination, honey, hive products (propolis, pollen, wax…), bees, queens, etc. Dave will discuss how beekeepers manage hives to produce and profit from these different products. We’ll begin with indoors, then we’ll head out to visit the bees after lunch.

10:15 — gather

10:30 to 3:00 indoors and outdoors with Dave Noble and the bees

No fee to attend. Bring your lunch and dress for the outdoors and the bee yard (light pants and closed-toe shoes recommended, no heavy perfumes or cosmetics). Registration is limited, so register soon (open to Ohio Pollinator Advocates and Volunteer Pollinator Specialists).

Register here so we know you’re coming.

Questions? Please contact Denise Ellsworth. Hope to see you later this month!

OSU Pollinator Summit: Our Threatened Bees — Register Now!

What threats do bees face, and what steps can we take to protect them? Gather in Columbus with bee biologists, conservation experts, educators, gardeners and citizen scientists to learn and network.

OSU Pollinator Summit: Our Threatened Bees

March 28, 2019
8:45AM – 4:00PM
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (free parking)
$50 registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and handouts.


Keynote Speaker:

Laurence Packer, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at York University and author of

Keeping the Bees; Why All Bees Are At Risk And What We Can Do To Save Them and co-author of Bees: An Up-close Look At Pollinators Around The World.

Featured Speakers:

Reed Johnson, OSU Entomology
Threats facing honey bees
Karen Goodell, OSU EEOB
The rusty patched bumble bee and the Ohio Bee Atlas
Mary Gardiner, OSU Entomology
Shrinking cities, vacant properties and pollinators
Randy Mitchell, University of Akron
Action steps to help native bees