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Coming this winter: The Living Landscape Speaker Series

Need inspiration to make it through the winter? Join fellow gardeners and nature enthusiasts for The Living Landscape Speaker Series. All sessions are free via Zoom, but preregistration is required.

January 15th@10AM  Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

January 22nd@1PM  Marne Titchenell: Enhancing Your Landscape for Birds and Other Wildlife

January 29th@10AM  Deb Knapke: Eco-Conscious Gardening: From Concept to Design

February 6th 10AM – 11:30AM Rick Darke: Dynamic Design and The Art of Observation

Find detailed program descriptions here.

Register here for the first three sessions. Check back on January 15th for the link to register for our final session with Rick Darke.

The Living Landscape Speaker Series is co-sponsored by OSU Entomology and The Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden, in cooperation with the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers and the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden Volunteers. Funding is provided in part by the Manitou Fund and NIFA’s IPM Pollinator Health grant.

Ohio Bee Survey Update

The goal of this statewide survey is to identify all bee species in Ohio. While other states have conducted surveys of wild bees, this is the first survey undertaken in Ohio.

Although Covid-19 changed our survey strategies and methods of volunteer training, we were still able to recruit and train 154 bee collectors across Ohio in 2020. Instead of in person meetings to train collectors and distribute survey kits, participants were trained via live Zoom webinars conducted by survey director MaLisa Spring. Despite university closures and shipment challenges, survey kits were compiled and mailed to participants in each of Ohio’s 88 counties in April and May. Specimen collection began in May and continued weekly through September for most collectors. Drop-off days were held in October across the state to provide safe (socially-distanced) opportunities for collectors to submit samples.

To keep our collectors motivated and updated, MaLisa posted weekly updates on the Ohio Bee Survey website. Bee collectors (and assorted bee fans) looked forward to these lively, informative updates to learn more about what bees (and bycatch) were collected in 2020. Here, MaLisa’s post includes use of a grain of rice for a size comparison:

Rice, bees and thrips

Rice for scale really throws you for a loop when you realize that a dull green sweat bee (Dialictus sp) is about the same size as a grain of rice.

In total, 118 collectors returned kits with frozen samples. The bees (and other collected critters) were transferred to Dr. Karen Goodell’s lab at OSU Newark for pinning and identification. This process will likely take 18 months due to the volume of collected bees and the Covid-19 limits on volunteers and students working together to process samples.

As an exciting offshoot of the survey, one of our bee collectors with impressive graphic design skills worked with MaLisa Spring to create a bee field guide, Bees of Ohio: A Field Guide. This guide will be invaluable to train and support collectors, students and bee enthusiasts in Ohio. Many thanks to Amy Schnebelin for taking lead on this project!

Bee collectors needed for The Ohio Bee Survey in select Ohio counties

The Ohio Bee Survey is a new OSU project that aims to inventory the richness of Ohio’s wild bee species over two years. We are recruiting volunteer bee collectors who will set out and collect small bee bowls once a week for 21 weeks from May through October. The weekly catch will be frozen, then delivered or mailed to a central locations for pinning and identification later in the year.

Our goal is to have at least one bee collector in each county. We began recruiting bee collectors in the last two weeks, and now have good coverage in many areas across the state. However, we still have about 30 counties without a collector (see list below).

Supplies and training materials are all provided by U.S. mail to collectors. Bee collectors can be Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteer naturalists, OSU employees or others not affiliated with OSU. Collection areas can be in home landscapes, farms or gardens, so travel is not required. (Specific locations such as parks may have permitting requirements, but there are not overall permitting requirements to participate).

Small painted bowls are filled with soapy water, left in the landscape for 24 hours, then collected, strained and the contents frozen. Collection happens alone, so collectors can easily comply with social distancing requirements.

If you or someone you know in a county below would like to participate in the survey, please visit this website:

http://go.osu.edu/beesignup

For more information about the survey, visit:

http://go.osu.edu/beesurvey

For questions, please contact Denise at ellsworth.2@osu.edu or survey coordinator MaLisa Spring at spring.99@osu.edu

Counties in need:

Adams
Allen
Auglaize
Brown
Fayette
Fulton
Guernsey
Hancock
Hardin
Harrison
Henry
Lawrence
Lucas
Marion
Meigs
Mercer
Morrow
Noble
Paulding
Perry
Putnam
Ross
Sandusky
Scioto
Shelby
Van Wert
Warren
Washington
Williams
Wyandot

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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.

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!

OSU Pollinator Summit 3/28 in Columbus: 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

Save the Date 3/28 — OSU Pollinator Summit: Our Threatened Bees

What threats do bees face, and what steps can we take to protect them? Join bee biologists, conservation experts, educators and citizen scientists for this daylong workshop on bee biology and conservation. This workshop will take place on the OSU Columbus campus on March 28th, 2019.

Keynote speaker:

Laurence Packer, professor at York University and author of:

 

Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do To Save Them

Presenters include:

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
Mark your calendar for this exciting workshop! Registration opens in February.
If this message was forwarded to you, join our mailing list to receive registration details when the site opens.
I hope to see you in Columbus on March 28th!
Denise

Pollinator Short Course and Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training, 11/27 in Wooster, OH

The OSU Wooster Campus, Fisher Auditorium
1680 Madison Ave.

10AM to 2:30PM

$25, payable at the door.

Join fellow bee and pollinator enthusiasts for this daylong training focusing on pollination, bee biology, native bee identification, and habitat enhancement — with a focus on bumble bees. Participants will learn to identify common bees using pinned samples and microscopes, and will leave with practical ideas to increase pollinator habitat. Program sponsored by The Ohio State University Bee Lab. Ohio Pollinator Advocates are trained volunteers who help to spread the word about the importance of pollinators. Session taught by Denise Ellsworth, OSU Entomology/Extension. Contact Denise (ellsworth.2@osu.edu) with any questions.

Handouts, lunch, coffee and light refreshments provided.

Register here.