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How to Identify and Enhance Ohio’s Wild Bees in Your Landscape

Most people think of bees as social animals where a queen and many workers reside in a hive. However, most bees are actually solitary or semi-social. Solitary bees live alone, with each female building her own nest and acquiring the resources needed to raise her young. Solitary bees can also nest in aggregations where many nests are found close to one another, but each bee maintains and provisions its own nest, similar to human apartment complexes. 

Landscape for Life

Landscape For Life™ shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live — whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium.

Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Monarch Watch was founded in 1992 by Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor and the monarch tagging program was launched in the fall of that year. 

Pollinator Habitats

Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season. These wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses are an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plan.

Ohio Prairie Nursery

OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery) has been your source for native wildflowers, native grasses and native seed mixes since 1998. Here you’ll meet our dedicated team who will take the time to help you achieve your native seed goals and use their combined years of experience to help you create an ecosystem that benefits pollinators, support sustainability and beautifies landscapes.

OSU Gardiner Lab Insect Conversation in Urban Areas

The Gardiner Lab provides outreach presentations focused on identifying and enhancing beneficial insects in home gardens, urban greenspaces and urban agroecosystems. Dr. Gardiner published a book on this topic in 2015.

The mission of the Pollinator Stewardship Council, Inc. is to defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply from the adverse impact of pesticides.

Xerxes Society for Invertebrate Conservation

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. We take our name from the now extinct Xerces Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities.