One more to go...on our way to 2500 observations!

As the bee-watching season begins to wind down, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the Ohio Bee Atlas since the project's inception in April. We have an impressive 2499 observations submitted to date by over 500 observers! Plans are underway to further develop the project next year by training and recruiting more observers (particularly from less-documented regions of the state), and emphasizing "first of the year" and "last of the year" observations to help illuminate bee (esp. bumble bee) phenology. We'd also like to encourage more Bee Blitz events across the state, perhaps with organizations sponsoring events during National Pollinators Week, June 17 to 23rd. More on these plans coming your way this winter.

Thanks again for participation in the Ohio Bee Atlas!

On the lookout,


Denise Ellsworth
OSU Entomology/OSU Bee Lab

Posted on October 23, 2017 02:06 PM by drellsw drellsw | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Ohio Bee Atlas is a cooperative effort of US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, The Ohio State University, University of Akron, as well as several Ohio park districts and other conservation organizations. It was primarily established to document the distribution and identity of bumblebees due to the recent listing of the rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) as a federally ...more ↓

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