Native Perennials for OSU Phenology Garden Network sites

Yes, we have more plants available — up to 5 flats– for your OSU Phenology Garden Network site! Phenology Garden sites are receiving first notice of this offer, going out to Extension offices today.

Thanks to a NIFA IPM grant for pollinator health and an amazing grower (Bob Filbrun at the OARDC Muck Crops branch), the OSU Bee Lab’s “Partners for Pollinators” project (https://u.osu.edu/certify/) is able to provide native perennial plugs (3″ containers) for OSU pollinator-related research and demonstration projects. Do you have an existing pollinator/phenology display garden or research plot you’d like to expand? A new pollinator outreach project you’d like to develop? A citizen science monitoring effort, or another good public use of native perennial plants to help pollinators?

We have nearly two dozen species of native perennials available, including milkweed, aster, liatris, lobelia, rattlesnake master, wild bergamot, mountainmint and many more. You can mix flats at pick-up (most plants are in 4-packs, with 32 or 72 plants to a flat) to create garden diversity. We also have rooted cuttings of native shrubs, including staghorn sumac, buttonbush, dogwood and willow.

Each project request can receive up to 5 flats of plants. 

To request plants, please complete this form, including total number of flats requested and intended location and use. 

Flats must be picked up on June 28th between 11AM and 2PM at OARDC in Wooster near Thorne Hall (details will be e-mailed) by an OSU employee or affiliated (phenology) volunteer. Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Plants can only be used for OSU (including OSU partner) pollinator educational, display or research projects: no home plantings, and no resale. Recipients agree to follow up with photos and brief use of site details for pollinator events, displays or programs. Quantities are limited, so make a request ASAP!

Thanks for helping the bees,

Denise

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 and PM Bee Blitz

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

Bring your lunch

  • Saturday, June 23: Anytime between 10AM – 5PM

Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

Come to the pollinator garden throughout this free pollinator festival!

Bees in Your Backyard, a special workshop for OSU phenology cooperators

Join author and biologist Olivia Carril on June 1 for this special workshop in Worthington:

Bees in Your Ohio Backyard

June 1, 9:30 to 3PM 

Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road

Columbus, OH 43235

The session will include classroom time,  time spent with microscopes, and exploration in the field.

Please bring your lunch! Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_G-GwgCW7XBIYf2HwDDkd5RUYwM0eergNNarprhBEX57Dtg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Questions? Please let me know!

Spring Update follow up!

Thanks to everyone for a great turnout at yesterday’s OSU Phenology Network spring update! Visit our garden network website here.

I promised to follow up with several items, including how to register for the free Bees in Your Backyard session on June 1st at the NW library in Worthington with Olivia Carril, open to all active Network cooperators. The session will run from 9:30AM to 3PM, and will include indoor bee ID and biology, time spent under microscopes, and time in the field catching and releasing bees. Cooperators can register here.

If you haven’t already done so, you can create account with The Great Sunflower Project and learn more about monitoring for pollinators here.

I will clarify the “flower number” definitions for all our plants, and will post updates as soon as I can put materials together.

Yesterday’s powerpoint program is embedded on our website here.

A general phenology powerpoint program can be found here. You can download by clicking on the settings wheel, then customize on your computer.

Our session included information on the Ohio Pollinator Advocate program. Here’s a link to that website, which includes powerpoints and other resources.

The ‘Lemon Queen’ sunflower seeds handed out yesterday are for you, just for fun. Don’t feel like you have to include them in your phenology garden, and it’s up to you whether you want to monitor the sunflowers for pollinators through The Great Sunflower Project.

Similarly, the flat of native perennials is to enhance your phenology garden if appropriate. Don’t feel obligated to monitor these plants unless you have the time and cooperators to do so.

I’m checking into possibilities for ordering metal stakes, although most suppliers I know of are out of business. I have one lead to follow, and I’ll let everyone know what I learn.

Here’s the link to request engraved labels for your phenology plants.

Other links I wanted to share:

Special thanks to Jason Veil and Paul Snyder for leading arboretum walks, to Bob Filbrun and Jeni Filbrun for growing our plants, and to Karen Edgington for help with set up and clean up yesterday.

And thanks to all for your continued involvement with the Ohio Phenology Garden Network! We have an amazing group of cooperators, and I’m consistently proud to work with this project.

Denise

 

 

OSU Phenology: create an account with the Great Sunflower Project for pollinator data

As was shared at yesterday’s phenology update, here are details on our new pollinator data entry process:

Create an account with GSP here.

We will be collaborating with The Great Sunflower Project (GSP), a program coordinated by Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn from San Francisco State University. The Great Sunflower Project began in 2008, and now has about 100,000 citizen scientists collecting data on pollinator visitation across North America! GSP is in need of Ohio data, and Gretchen is excited about our addition of cooperators and our rich Ohio data!

The Ohio Phenology Garden Network’s data collection methods are very similar to GSP’s so hopefully the transition will be relatively painless! Many things remain the same: We will monitor pollinator visitation on each plant in our gardens for 3 minutes, once a week when in bloom. In this intro video, Gretchen describes the GSP flagship project monitoring ‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers. This monitoring is for 15 minutes, but we’re sticking with 3 minutes.

Our plant phenology data collection site will not change for 2018.

This site describes the data collection process.

Here’s a short video that outlines the process described below:

Thanks in advance for your patience as we make this transition! Be sure to let me know what questions you have: ellsworth.2@osu.edu

Last call to register for 5/8 update

Last call to register for our spring update!

What: 2018 OSU Phenology Garden Network Update

When: May 8, 2018, 9:30AM to 3:00PM

Where: Miller Pavillion, Secrest Arboretum

Who: All Network cooperators (volunteer data collectors) are invited to attend, new and experienced alike.

Topics for the day:

  • Network data collection: Collaboration with The Great Sunflower Project for pollinator visitation data!
  • Using the Ohio Bee Atlas on iNaturalist
  • Phenology/Pollinator demonstration gardens: plants, signage and partnerships
  • Favorite native Ohio perennials
  • The Ohio Pollinator Advocate certification
  • An arboretum walk with Paul Snyder and new Secrest coordinator Jason Veil (for experienced cooperators), or
  • Intro to phenology, bee phenology and ID refresher (for new or newer cooperators)

What you’ll get: besides a chance to learn and network with fellow phenology fans, everyone will go home with seeds to grow and watch (‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers), a native perennial plug for your own garden, and a copy of “Bees of the Great Lakes region and wildflowers to support them” from MSU Extension, as a thank you for your phenology work (limited to 100 registrants). If there’re done in time, you’ll also get a set (25 copies) of the new Common Wasps of Ohio ID card.

What your garden could get: A flat of 32 native perennials to enhance the pollinator visitation of your network garden site (monitoring optional), as well as pollinator signage for some sites.

What to bring: Your lunch! We’ll have coffee and morning refreshments, but we ask that you bring your lunch. We have access to a refrigerator if needed.

What else? No fee to attend, but please register here so we can plan accordingly.

We hope to see you next week in Wooster!

~Denise

2018 Phenology Garden Network update on May 8th: time to register!

It’s time to register for our spring update!

What: 2018 OSU Phenology Garden Network Update

When: May 8, 2018, 9:30AM to 3:00PM

Where: Miller Pavillion, Secrest Arboretum

Who: All Network cooperators (volunteer data collectors) are invited to attend, new and experienced alike.

Topics for the day:

  • Network data collection: Collaboration with The Great Sunflower Project for pollinator visitation data!
  • Using the Ohio Bee Atlas on iNaturalist
  • Phenology/Pollinator demonstration gardens: plants, signage and partnerships
  • Favorite native Ohio perennials
  • The Ohio Pollinator Advocate certification
  • An arboretum walk with Paul Snyder and new Secrest coordinator Jason Veil (for experienced cooperators), or
  • Intro to phenology, bee phenology and ID refresher (for new or newer cooperators)

What you’ll get: besides a chance to learn and network with fellow phenology fans, everyone will go home with seeds to grow and watch (‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers), a native perennial plug for your own garden, and a copy of “Bees of the Great Lakes region and wildflowers to support them” from MSU Extension, as a thank you for your phenology work (limited to 100 registrants). If there’re done in time, you’ll also get a set (25 copies) of the new Common Wasps of Ohio ID card.

What your garden could get: A flat of 32 native perennials to enhance the pollinator visitation of your network garden site (monitoring optional), as well as pollinator signage for some sites.

What to bring: Your lunch! We’ll have coffee and morning refreshments, but we ask that you bring your lunch. We have access to a refrigerator if needed.

What else? No fee to attend, but please register here so we can plan accordingly.

We hope to see you at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster!

~Denise

Now Recruiting: Volunteer Pollinator Specialists for 2018 class

In February, a new class of Volunteer Pollinator Specialists will begin training. Through 2018, approximately 35 participants will take part in at least 30 hours of educational training through our specialization programs across Ohio, or by attending workshops closer to home. Earn certification as a Volunteer Pollinator Specialist by completing 30 educational hours and 20 volunteer hours by September of 2019. Volunteer hours can be obtained through pollinator-related projects, gardens or outreach in your area.

Priority is given to Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteers, OSU Extension staff, Phenology Garden Network Cooperators and 4-H volunteers. Space is limited.

See this flier for details.

New for the 2018 class: bee collections (pinned, photo or hybrid), iNaturalist, and Olivia Carril just for our training class. Just like past classes, we’ll have great participants, instructors, locations and bees.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a less-intensive program, we have space available in our Pollinator Short Course on 12/8/17 on the OARDC campus in Wooster. Participants in this class will leave with the brand new Pollinator Advocate Certification and some tools to help spread the word (handouts, access to PowerPoints, packets of bee ID cards) to protect pollinators. This one-day class is from 10AM to 3PM. Master Gardeners, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists and others interested in helping pollinators are invited to attend this workshop. 

The Short Course will be held at OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium in Wooster, 1680 Madison Ave. Fee to attend: $25, including handouts. Lunch is not included (please bring your own). Register here by November 30th.

Lots to think about! But don’t think too hard/long….spaces are limited. Let me know what questions you have.

Thanks for your continued interest in pollinators!