Archive for July, 2011
The Xerces Society and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council lead a survey of the creek for mysterious bivalve-shelled mollusks
Published on July 29, 2011
By: Jaime Dunkle, Special to The Oregonian
Johnson Creek is home to a secret treasure. Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, freshwater mussels find solace in different parts of the stream, settling silently among the crayfish and rocks.
The important life of bees
Published on July 19, 2011
By Debra Neutkens, White Bear Press
A University of Minnesota bee expert is sounding an alarm. Nature’s pollinators are in decline.
Keeping bees safe and active clearly a crucial, fruitful endeavor
Published on July 12, 2011
By Mark Blazis, telegram.com
Unnoticed, unappreciated and little understood, native bees are greatly helping us, filling in for our vanishing honeybees. Back in the 1980s, when I was still a beekeeper, mites killed all my bees and those of my beekeeping friends. But a situation far more insidious — colony collapse disorder — has since killed 30 percent of America’s honeybees and threatens their very existence — and ours.
Miner bees cover for honey bees in pollination chores
Published on July 8, 2011
By Morgan Simmon, The Repulic
TOWNSEND, Tenn. – The family from Missouri couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Here was a park ranger crouched next to one of the historic structures in Cades Cove, enveloped by a cloud of bees.
The hills are alive – with native pollinators!
Published on July 6, 2011
By: Christine Souza, California Country Magazine
Larry Massa, a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Glenn County, is now seeing spots. Dotting the landscape at his Willows ranch are colorful wildflowers teeming with pollinators, including native bees.
Native Bees Always Shop Local
Published on July 3, 2011
By: Vera Strader, Tuolumne County Master Gardener, myMotherLode.com
Like many people, native bees are vegetarians that eat food grown close to home. The smaller the bee, the closer to home it must stay for its food-plant nectar and pollen. The smallest bees can travel only a few yards; the largest bumblebees may journey over a mile.
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