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Join the Northeast Ohio Pollinator Society as they host Author and Researcher DOUG TALLAMY to discuss his book, “Nature’s Best Hope” and steps we can all take to improve our natural world including conservation for pollinators.  This in-person event is free for Ashtabula County Residents.

JUNE 7, 2024

Presentation begins at 7:00 PM

Lakeside High School Theater

6600 Sanborn Rd., Ashtabula OH 44004



And don’t forget to enter our Community Read DRAWING! 

Take a short quiz about the book and enter to win a free Pocket Garden of Native Plants. 


UPDATE! Community Read Information

We are partnering with Ashtabula County Libraries to read Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy.

Library Lunch and Learn

The Northeast Ohio Pollinator Society in partnership with the area libraries will be hosting lunch and learn events in the month of April. The purpose of these forums is to discuss the book ‘Natures Best Hope, A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard’, by Douglas W. Tallamy. We will have a leader-led discussion and an open question and answer period. A light lunch will be provided. Please take the time to read this seminal work that urges homeowners to take environmental action into their own hands, one yard at a time. The schedule is as follows:

Henderson Memorial Public Library – Saturday April 27th 12:30 p.m.

Ashtabula County District Library – Monday April 22nd 5:30-8 p.m.

Rock Creek Library – Tuesday April 23rd Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Harbor-Topky Memorial Library – Tuesday April 23rd Noon – 2 p.m.

Grand Valley Library – Wednesday April 24th Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Conneaut Public Library – Thursday April 25th Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Kingsville Public Library – Saturday April 13th Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Geneva Public Library – Tuesday April 30th Noon – 2:30 p.m.


Join us every other Wednesday starting on January 10th. Each webinar begins at 7 PM.

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January 10th – Amber Barnes and Cody Wilson

The Benefits of On-Farm Pollinator Habitat


This presentation will discuss how pollinator habitat areas within working lands can increase productivity, improve soil, and water health, and support pollinators. We will also provide information on a few programs and resources that are available to help agricultural landowners and managers reach their goals.



Amber Barnes – Amber Barnes is a Conservation Program Manager with Pollinator Partnership (P2) who earned a Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Biology from the University of Akron. Combining her passion for plants and wildlife, she has helped lead and coordinate research, volunteer efforts, and other habitat projects aimed to enhance the landscape for imperiled pollinators like the monarch and rusty patched bumble bee. Through several P2 efforts, she’s collaborated with her team to develop high quality protocols, BMPs, trainings, and resources to guide seed collection efforts and support P2’s goal of supplying regionally appropriate native seed to habitat projects.  Now, in partnership with the NRCS, she is leading a team of P2 staff who provide outreach, education, and technical assistance to landowners and conservation professionals to help accelerate adoption of pollinator and other voluntary wildlife conservation practices within working lands.

Cody Wilson – Cody is an Agricultural Specialist with Pollinator Partnership who received his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied invasive and noxious plant species influence on arthropod community composition. He later continued to receive his M.S. in Environmental Management with an Ecology concentration from the University of San Francisco, where he studied agricultural crop, pest, and pathogen relations in response to the pressures of climate change. Having worked at local farms, county Department of Agriculture, and a regional restoration and land management company, his background and passion for ecology, entomology, and agriculture have propelled his career to encourage responsible land management practices through the Bee Friendly Farming program.


January 24th – Marne Titchnell

Woodland Pollinators



We discuss the different pollinators that use forests for resources and ways to manage the forest to promote habitat for pollinators.


Bio: Marne Titchnell is the Extension Wildlife Program Director, with The Ohio State University. She works within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. She provides a variety of educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications centered on wildlife ecology and biology, habitat management for wildlife, and managing nuisance wildlife species.


February 7th – Reed Johnson

Which flowers really support honey bees in Ohio?



In this presentation we’ll look at research conducted at The Ohio State University using DNA sequencing to identify the flowers providing pollen and nectar to honey bees throughout Ohio.


Bio: Reed M. Johnson, PhD.  Reed got his start in research beekeeping as an undergraduate researcher at the University of Montana where he was drawn into the world of bees and their biology.  Reed went on to receive a Entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working where he participated in identifying the detoxification genes as a part of the honey bee genome project.  Reed is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio where he teaches two courses: one on beekeeping and the other on pesticide science.  His research focuses on determining how bees are exposed to pesticides and the effects that pesticides and pesticide combinations have on the health of honey bees, with the larger goal of promoting bee health in the context of modern agriculture.


Aaron WilsonFebruary 21st – Dr. Aaron Wilson 

Climate Change and Ohio Gardening



Aaron B. Wilson is an Atmospheric Scientist at The Ohio State University (OSU), holding a joint appointment as a Principal Investigator at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) and Assistant Professor, Ag Weather with OSU Extension- the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He is also a contributing member to the State Climate Office of Ohio ( Aaron uses his expertise in Ohio weather and climate to assess hydrologic conditions across the state, helping to coordinate the state’s weekly contribution to the U.S. Drought Monitor activities at the National Drought Mitigation Center. Aaron is passionate about educational outreach, dedicating many hours to serving BPCRC through tours and activities for students of all ages and participating in a wide range of engagement actives with OSU Extension, from county field day events to the Farm Science Review. Aaron encourages everyone across the rural to urban gradient to think about “your climate change” and how changing weather extremes are impacting you where you live.


Profile photo of Debra KnapkeMarch 6th – Debra Knapke

Creating Gardens for Wildlife: Why and How



Our gardens can be beautiful examples of the web of life when created from the point of view of those who live in it and use it. This presentation will outline the criteria for designing habitat that supports all.

Bio: After two other careers, in 1992 Debra turned her avocation of plant study and gardening into her full-time career.  Known as “The Garden Sage,” Debra is passionate about gardening, sustainable garden design and the natural world, and enjoys sharing knowledge through her writing, public speaking, and garden consulting in the private and public sectors. She has served on various local and national committees and boards that focus on education, the environment, and sustainability. She has championed those passions during her two-year term (2014-2016) as Honorary President of the Herb Society of America and as past Chair of the Sustainability Committee of GardenComm (2017-2023). In addition, she has mentored the future of the landscape industry at Columbus State Community College for 24 years. She considers herself to be an eco-conscious gardener and is constantly amazed at the intricate relationships in nature.




Welcome to The Northeast Ohio Pollinator Society Website

The Northeast Ohio Pollinator Society  is a 501c3, comprised of  members of The Ashtabula County Master Gardeners, The Ashtabula County Beekeepers Association, The Ashtabula County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Live events are offered on a regular basis, and this website will provide updates on future live or in-person events. So check here for regular updates!

Below are recordings from our 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 winter series. You can access those by using the link below, or clicking the tabs on the left side of the screen!

Winter Series Past Recordings (2020-2023)

Make sure to look at the great links to resources under each video and at the bottom of each page!