Bee Culture editor to speak Wednesday

The 2018 webinar series by CFAES’s Bee Lab continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, with a talk called “Ethics in Beekeeping.” Speaking will be Kim Flottum, the editor of Medina-based Bee Culture magazine and the author of The Backyard Beekeeper and Better Beekeeping, among others.

It’s free to watch; use the “Guest Login” at 8:55 a.m.

Learn more. (Photo: iStock.)

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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How honey bees get through winter; or, why don’t bees’ knees freeze?

With cold weather here, WOSU Public Media’s Phil Deoliveira looked at how Ohio beekeepers and their charges get through winter. CFAES entomologist Reed Johnson was one of the experts quoted, speaking on the importance of bees storing enough honey to eat to last through winter. “It’s not freezing to death that kills bees,” he said. “It’s running out of food and then freezing to death that kills them.” (Photo: Johnson in warmer times by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES Marketing and Communications.)

‘Power of Pollinators’ open house is Sept. 12

The Ecolab project on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus hosts its Power of Pollinators Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 1760 University Drive. Admission is free and includes snacks, plants and seed packets.

Populations of pollinators — bees, butterflies and others — have seen significant drops in recent years, and the event will look at ways to help them. Talks will cover “Native Bees in Your Backyard,” “Pollinators Need Woodlands, Too!” and “Native Plant ID and Seed Collection.”

Participants should meet at the Monarch Right-of-Way demonstration plots in front of Ovalwood Hall.

For details, call CFAES wildlife program specialist Marne Titchenell, one of the event’s speakers, at 614-292-0402.

Learn how to name that bee

CFAES is co-sponsoring a bee biology and identification workshop on four dates in August in northeast and central Ohio.

The workshop is called Bees in Your Backyard … and the Plants They Visit, and the instructor will be Olivia Carril, biologist and co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Register for the workshop online.