Sunday, May 02, 2010

Native Bees

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The Berkeley Bee Garden is open to the public only once a year. And you know that Robb and I were not going to miss out! I'd been trying to figure out where this place is, for ages.

I can't say enough about their fantastic website. It's really huge, and fun, and if you're even a little bit of a nature-geek, it's a total time-suck.

Want to learn about the 1,600 species of bees in California? Click here.

Want help planting a garden that will attract native bees? Click here.

Want to learn what "facts" about bees are just Urban Legends? Click here.

There's lots to learn on this fascinating site. Do check it out!





To be completely accurate, I should note that the photo above is actually a collection of bees from Costa Rica that were on display at the Berkeley Bee Garden, and not actually California natives. I thought it was too cool of a photo not to share.

8 comments:

Monica said...

I LOVE your blog! Did you take the photographs? I find myself constantly shooting pictures of bugs, and birds...well heck anything outside.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the get well wishes.
I am adding you to my favorites.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Oh my, that looks like quite the pinned-bee collection. With so much emphasis on the European Honey Bee sometimes, I think our poor hard-working native pollinators often get overlooked. We've had a blast this year setting up a Mason Bee habitat in our orchard (I really should post about that at some point), and they're actually nesting. I hope their populations here continue to increase. Not that I don't like honey bees...I'm sure we'll end up with those too in the near future!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Thanks for your nice comments, Monica. We take almost all of the photos on this blog. We *try* to credit images that aren't ours.

Thomas said...

I'm really loving all the in-depth bee coverage. I like that you're getting beyond the Colony Collapse story about honeybees, and focusing on native bee species as well. Keep it coming!

Thomas

Country Mouse said...

Wow - such sharp photo of the bees. Course they *did* stay nice and still :-} - I wish I had thought to take a photo too. It was great to go there and see everything and learn a little. Sorry I don't recall if I saw a large black hat or a man wielding a stick (you said we might have bumped into each other, which would have been fun) - but everyone was having a lovely time to be sure. I do want to learn more about the bees that hover around us!

lkw said...

Oh, how great to visit the Berkeley Bee Garden! Those website links are excellent. Thanks!

My gardening companion and I were grad students at UCB, and it's been fun to see the expansion of interest in native bees and bee gardens in recent years (through a faculty member we knew many, many years ago)...

Adrian Ayres Fisher said...

Fancy, a bee garden! I will visit their site. I often go to the xerces society site. I've been planting for native bees and providing habitat in my garden, and have been rewarded with many native bee choosing to reside there.

Anonymous said...

These kind of photos fascinate me, as well as make me feel horribly painful/skewered- Maybe in a past life I was one of those bugs in this collection? The fantastic artist MARK DION would probably love to have a gander at this place!

Annalisa

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