The Ohio Bee Survey – In Search of the Rusty Patch Bumblebee

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Holden Arboretum
9550 Sperry Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094
$10 per member, $15 per nonmember

At least 19 species of bumblebees could once be found in Ohio, but only about 10 of them are now frequent. Some were never common here, but several once abundant species are now in steep declines. Indeed, two species are in danger of becoming extinct not only in our state, but globally. One of those species, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, has not been seen in Ohio since 2002. Habitat loss introduced parasites and pesticide use are the most likely causes of these declines. Good habitat management can help them recover in some cases. In response to concerns about pollinator health, the Ohio Bee Survey was organized to bring together scientists, parks, and citizen scientists to evaluate the distribution and abundance of all of Ohio’s bees. Join Mitchell to learn more about Ohio’s bumblebees, the Ohio Bee Survey, and what you can do to help some of our most important,charismatic, and vulnerable pollinators.