2018/10/25 Dr. Karen Goodell- "Engaging Ohio's Citizens in Bee Conservation Research"
From Jay Summers
- Dr. Goodell will discuss the use of citizen scientist data for two projects aimed at assessing natural habitats for bees. The Ohio Bumble Bee Survey aims to map the distribution of bumble bee species in Ohio and determine critical habitat for rare and endangered species. Trained citizen scientists have identified survey locations throughout the state and have collected data on queen bumble bee nesting habitat. A second study focused on the development of the pollinator community on a newly planted prairie patch on a reclaimed mine. Finally, she will evaluate some of the successes and challenges of the first two years of the Ohio Bee Atlas project administered through the iNaturalist database. She will offer her insights on how to improve citizen engagement in bee conservation research.