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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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5 Tips To Winterize Your Garden

5 Tips To Winterize Your Garden

Just as you winterize your home to make it more efficient, you can do the same for your garden. Properly winterizing your garden will help your plots rejuvenate naturally and reduce the amount of work you'll have to do in the spring, allowing you to jump right into the fun part, PLANTING! Before we jump into our tips, you may wonder if sustainable gardening is essential for small backyard gardens. Using sustainable gardening practices, we become examples for future generations of gardeners by showing them that growing food or creating space for new gardens does not have to mean harming...

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Bee Informed: Native Plants for Restoration, Caffeine Helps Bees Learn to Find Flowers, and Monarch Butterfly Declared Endangered

Bee Informed: Native Plants for Restoration, Caffeine Helps Bees Learn to Find Flowers, and Monarch Butterfly Declared Endangered

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability. 1. "These Are My Most Trusted Native Plants For Restoration And Here’s Why" (Anna Murray, Xerces Society) I am a pollinator habitat specialist, which means that I plant a lot of plants. In my 15 years of growing native plants in nurseries and restoring habitats in national parks, college campuses, home gardens and farms, I estimate that I have personally grown or planted over 90,000 native plants and facilitated the planting of over 260,000. Here are a few native plants that...

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Cocoon Comb - The Story Behind the Plastic

Cocoon Comb - The Story Behind the Plastic

Photo: Brown Cocoon Combs nestled in 100% post-consumer plastic pellets from Legacy Plastic, made from end-of-life fishing gear. At Crown Bees, we prioritize sustainability and are working hard to implement changes to reduce our environmental impact. One of our goals for 2022 has been to transition away from single-use plastic and virgin plastic in our packaging and product materials. Notice we didn't say ALL plastic. That's because we recognize that while plastic pollution is a huge problem, plastic itself is a very durable and versatile material and is likely here to stay. Instead of swearing off plastic entirely, we believe...

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