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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.

Ohio Summer Wildflowers

Ohio has some of the most interesting and beautiful wildflowers.  Some are prolific and can grow anywhere while others need specific soils and habitats.  We encourage everyone to learn about and observe these plants, but to never harvest plants from their habitats.  There are many reputable native plant nurseries around to find sustainably sourced plants. Our work to protect the lands and waters of Ohio includes protecting the diverse plant communities that are native to our state. This list is just a sample of what you will find on our preserves through the summer months across Ohio.

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.

Ozone Bioindicator Garden

Surface-level ozone (O3), where we live and breath, is a harmful pollutant for humans and plants. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center implemented a bioindicator garden as a communication strategy that emphasizes the adverse health impacts of surface O3 air pollution to the public and connects regional/global satellite data to local communities. The garden demonstrates observable impacts of O3 on plants and acts as a visual tool representative of O3 which cannot otherwise be seen by the naked eye. Visitors interact with the garden to learn how to identify O3 injury, which fosters a curiosity to look for O3 injury on sensitive plants in their local area. Once engaged, visitors are encouraged to take actionable steps to minimize their exposure to air pollution and reduce the formation of O3 air pollution. NASA’s Ozone Bioindicator Garden at Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitor Center is part of a network of gardens across the U.S.

The Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club installed the first Ozone Garden at the Avon Lake Public Library’s Children’s Garden. The Avon Lake High School Environmental Class is documenting ozone damage and uploading it to NASA’s TEMPO satellite.

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.

Teaching Kids about the Importance of Honeybees

Bees might seem like something to be avoided because they can sting, but they are an important part of our world. Without bees, we might not have flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other plants. In fact, bees play a crucial part in our world. Learning about what honeybees do and why they are important could give people a new appreciation of these winged pollinators.

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.