CFAES offers a handy identification guide to the bees of Ohio (pdf). It’s from the Agricultural Landscape Ecology Lab of Mary Gardiner, a CFAES bee expert and a speaker at the March 14-15 Power of Pollinators Short Course.
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OARDC, 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.
CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, hosts the largest educational beekeeping event of its kind in the U.S. March 1-2 in Wooster. The keynote talk, “Practical Natural Beekeeping,” is by University of Georgia honey bee researcher Jennifer Berry.
Denise Ellsworth joins our entomology department as program director for honey bee and native pollinator education. “These insects are crucial to our food supply and play a vital role in healthy environments,” she says. “I’ll be working to support and teach beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners through a variety of workshops, written materials, and electronic resources. Keeping honey bees and other pollinators healthy and protecting their habitat is critically important in Ohio.”
A free tour today at OARDC in Wooster features new, non-chemical, sustainable ways to fight a melon grower’s biggest nightmare. “Both organic and conventional muskmelon growers rank the cucumber beetle/bacterial wilt complex as their No. 1 problem,” says Celeste Welty, an OARDC and OSU Extension entomologist and one of the speakers. New research on trap crops and row covers is the focus. “On many sustainable farms, and particularly on organic farms, there’s interest in using any possible tactics other than pesticides,” Welty says, partly because of the chemicals’ threat to honey bees. It’s part of the 2011 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series (pdf).