Archive for January, 2008


January 31, 2008

Published on January 31, 2008

After spending time with Monarchs at Santa Cruz, Pacific Grove, Esaden, Pismo Beach, and Santa Barbara, I skirted the snows of the San Bernardinos and crossed over to Yucca Valley…


Scientists say its time to act now to ward off a pollination crisis

Published on January 27, 2008

January 27, 2008 Madolyn Rogers Sentinel Correspondent At the 28th annual Ecological Farming Conference in Monterey Thursday, scientists discussed the possible causes of the steep loss of honeybee colonies nationwide in 2007, and said now is the time to take action to ward off a pollination crisis. Entomologist Eric Mussen of UC Davis said the Read more …


Range summit seeks common ground on conservation

Published on January 23, 2008

California Rangeland Conservation Coalition event draws 200 participants Bob Krauter – Capital Press Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Steve Thompson, left, a regional director with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, talks to Kern County rancher Bruce Hafenfeld at the 2008 summit of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition in Sacramento. Hafenfeld, president of the California Cattlemen’s Read more …


January 11, 2008

Published on January 11, 2008

After a lucky California tortoiseshell overwintering in our wood shed on January 1, I headed down the coast…


Organic farm a bee heaven

Published on January 3, 2008

BY CLIFF NEWELL The West Linn Tidings, Jan 3, 2008 The beekeeper just couldn’t understand it. His bees were returning to their hives laden with pollen and nectar. This was highly unusual because as winter approaches, the amount of food for bees normally dwindles as they get ready for their long winter hibernation. Yet amazingly, Read more …


Plight of the butterflies

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Reign of the monarchs is in decline, but no one knows reason for the drop in population By Zeke Barlow Thursday, January 3, 2008 The Ellwood Main Monarch Butterfly Grove in Goleta is one of the largest monarch sites in the U.S. The eucalyptus trees provide shelter for the butterflies so they can survive the Read more …


New Bees on the Block

Published on January 1, 2008

Boosting native bee populations could give beleaguered honeybees a break. By Alisa Opar In many ways, the Rominger brothers are a lot like their neighbors in California’s Central Valley. For starters, they’re farmers—they grow rice, alfalfa, wheat, and sunflowers on a 3,000-acre plot at Butler Farm. But Bruce Rominger knows that his family has a Read more …


USFS Pollinator of the Month: Flies and Flowers Article

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Flies and Flowers: An Enduring Partnership by Carol Ann Kearns The association between flies and flowers has a long history. Flies and beetles have been implicated as the primary pollinators of the earliest flowering plants. Many of these plants were also visited by bees and thrips as secondary pollinators, but pollination by birds, butterflies, moths, Read more …