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,

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,

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.