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.

Coming to Wooster on September 21st: Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium

Join us on the OSU Wooster campus for the fourth annual Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium. This event brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and expertise. They will share the most up-to-date information on pollinators, native plants, pesticide usage and best practices in creating ecologically sound habitats. This educational and exhilarating symposium will energize your approach to gardening! Learn how you can make a positive difference in your community and world.

Speakers include:

Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, Garden in the Woods

Sustainable Horticulture: Redefining the American Landscape

Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder of Monarch Watch

Saving the Monarchs

Dr. Annie White, Ecological Landscape Architect

Inspiring Design Strategies for Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape

Register by September 20th

Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides, webinar with OSU’s Elizabeth Long

In this webinar, Elizabeth Long provides a brief overview of the factors that influence pesticide exposure risks for beneficial insects across the landscape. She summarizes current knowledge of the different routes of pesticide exposure for pollinators, discusses the research methods used to identify these risks, and highlights steps we can take to promote and protect pollinators in our home, urban, and agricultural landscapes. View webinar recording here.

go.osu.edu/helpbees

New Ohio Pollinator Advocate training dates have been scheduled at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster (August 7 or September 11), The Dawes Arboretum in Newark (August 13), and at The Bergamot Center in Dayton (September 13).

Ohio Pollinator Advocates are certified, trained volunteers who spread the word about the importance of pollinators. Advocates complete at least two hours of training in pollination biology, Ohio bee identification, bee biology and habitat enhancement. Once certified, advocates agree to teach two programs to adult and youth audiences to help spread the word about why pollinators matter and how to take action to conserve these important animals. Advocates have access to outreach resources and materials, including PowerPoint programs and identification guides. 

Learn more here, and register to attend here.