Bee Informed: Attract Pollinators, Bee Friendly Farming, and Murder Hornets

Bee Informed: Attract Pollinators, Bee Friendly Farming, and Murder Hornets

Image by David Hablützel from Pixabay 

 

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability.

 

1. How to Attract and Maintain Pollinators in your Garden

Have you ever wondered how you can attract pollinators to your garden? Check out this wonderful resource from the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and learn how to design a lawn and garden that will attract a variety of pollinators.

 

Image by Pitsch from Pixabay

Image by Pitsch from Pixabay 

 

2. Bee Friendly Farming

Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) is a certification program from Pollinator Partnership working with farmers to help protect, preserve and promote pollinator health. Originally created by Kathy Kellison in collaboration with other experts (Sam Droege, Mace Vaughn, Dennis vanEnglesdorp, Marla Spivak, Randy Oliver, Robbin Thorp, Karen Strickler, Gerry Miller, Jeff Anderson, Phil Giles, and Gene Brandi), BFF provides guidelines for farmers and growers to promote pollinator health on their lands.

Learn more about this amazing program by visiting Pollinator Partnership's Website.  

 

Bee Friendly Farming Logo, Pollinator Partnership

 

Image Credit: Pollinator Partnership

 

3. Asian Giant Hornet Season

The Asian giant hornet, an invasive pest that threatens pollinators and ignores international borders, is the focus of an international effort to eradicate it in the Pacific Northwest. That’s why, in the coming year, Washington state, British Columbia, and U.S. federal agencies are gearing up and collaborating on their plans to track, trap and eradicate any Asian giant hornets they find. Learn more by checking out the following links:

 

Male Asian Giant Hornet, Washington State Department of Agriculture

Image Credit: Washington State Department of Agriculture


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