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Bee Informed: Students Raise Mason Bees At Orcas School, Lava Hole Bees, and Showing Gratitude For Bees This Thanksgiving

Bee Informed: Students Raise Mason Bees At Orcas School, Lava Hole Bees, and Showing Gratitude For Bees This Thanksgiving

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability. 1. "Students raising mason bees at Orcas School" (The Islands' Sounder) Orcas Master Gardeners Dray Longdon, Laura Walker, Tony Suruda and Nancy Forker visited the Orcas School Garden on Oct. 6 to help the 5th-grade students harvest cocoons of mason bees and prepare them for winter storage. Mason bees are native pollinators that nest in cavities. They harvested nesting tubes that have been at the school from April through October. Mason bees, along with bumble bees, are important early spring pollinators...

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A Year in Review — 2021 Highlights

A Year in Review — 2021 Highlights

As winter settles in with the bees nestled safely in their nesting materials, we wanted to take this time to fill you in on our top 5 highlights from 2021! 1. Another Successful Bee Buy Back Season A big THANK YOU to all of our Bee Farmers, Bee Buy Back Participants, and Harvesting Volunteers this season! We've harvested, inspected for pests and disease, and cleaned over 300,000 mason bee cocoons from all across the country. That's enough to pollinate over 16,000 gardens in 2022! The bees are now overwintering in our temperature-controlled coolers, patiently awaiting spring. Thanks to you, we can continue to provide healthy,...

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