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.
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 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!