Waiter, there’s a bee on my screen

CFAES’s 2018 Bee Lab Webinar Series kicks off when biologist-author Olivia Carril presents “Identifying Common Bees of the Great Lakes Region” from 9-10 a.m., April 18. Carril is the co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees (Princeton University Press, 2015), which the Bookseller Buyer’s Guide calls “The ultimate bee book for bee enthusiasts and experts alike.”

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The case of the disappearing bee

Elizabeth Long, assistant professor in CFAES’s Department of Entomology, presents “Death by Dust? The Case of the Disappearing Bee” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Wooster Science Café series. Long was a co-author of a 2017 Journal of Applied Ecology study that reported that neonicotinoid insectides, when used to protect corn seeds after planting, pose risks for honey bees.

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New pollinator planting at Ohio State Mansfield

Monarch butterflyWhat can you grow under electric transmission lines? Plants for butterflies, bees and other pollinators are one idea. A new multi-partner project, called A Monarch Right-of-Way: A Pollinator Demonstration Plot, is underway at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus, and CFAES’s Marne Titchenell and Denise Ellsworth are part of it. Continue reading

Can bumbles bounce … back? Workshop looks at health of native bees

bumble beeOARDC, CFAES’s research arm, will host The Power of Pollinators Short Course March 14-15. It’s a workshop on the biology, conservation, and identification of native bees (such as the bumble bee, for instance, shown here). It’s for anyone interested in bees, the work they do, and how we can help them, including farmers, gardeners, beekeepers, and naturalists. Details here. Register here.