MOUNT VERNON — Volunteers with the Knox County Parks District and the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists (OCVN) program are working to “count” the number of bees and bee species found in Knox County. A group of five are taxed with surveying the bees and have made two attempts at Wolf Run Regional Park so far this summer.
Matt Baugher, an intern at the Knox County Park District and student at The Ohio State University; Cody Wright, third-year intern with the park district and student at OSU; Don Comis, OCVN; Jim Heironimus, OCVN; and Grace Brubaker, parks district intern and student at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, are the five involved in projects such as the bee survey in Knox County.
A survey conducted Friday was the second conducted at Marshall Meadows located at Wolf Run Regional Park on Yauger Road. The first took place about a month ago, said Baugher. The survey is meant to track honey bee populations in the area. On the first trip, however, there were too many to count, explained Baugher. They also track other bee types, taking photos and keeping a tally of every one they can.