This iconic pollinator (along with other closely related species within its genus) has been a faithful companion of humanity for a very, online very long time. It is an association that has spanned the ages back to the earliest days of mankind. Sadly, buy our six-legged traveling companion has been appearing frequently in the news […]
I’ll have necklaces, cards, tote bags, and mason bee houses for sale at this year’s St Johns Bizarre in St Johns, Portland Oregon. Come on down! All but the glass beads are related to pollinating insects. St Johns Bizarre Saturday May 12th, 2012 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM stjohnsbizarre.com/ 2012 will mark The St. Johns […]
Hi, I’ll be participating in a Cyber Monday Sale on Etsy with my PDX Etsy Team. Everything in my shop will be 30% off. Go get yourself some bug pendants! http://www.etsy.com/shop/alannarisse
I found a copy of the ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture at an Estate sale a couple weeks ago. It’s a 1974 copy, 35th edition. The first edition was published in 1889 or thereabouts.
I’m starting a new book. A book of bees by sue hubbell. It’s so hot, there’s nothing to do except escape from the heat in an air conditioned room with a good book.
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A recent survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that honey bee colonies continue to decline in numbers. About 26 percent of apiaries surveyed reported that some of their colonies died of colony collapse disorder (CCD), down from 36 percent of apiaries in 2007-2008. CCD is […]
This bee house was made from: new, clean paint can (found at Lowe’s in the paint section). 1″ flexible hose Natural Bamboo Fiber (from JoAnn’s) Small piece of screen Clear Caulking I drilled a 1″ hole in the top of the can for the hose. I inserted a 14″ piece of hose into the hole […]
I looked for a recipe yesterday that included some of the things currently in my fridge. I have a beautiful head of napa cabbage that I used for homemade pot stickers last week and I didn’t want it to go to waste. I searched for napa cabbage and apples and found this great recipe on […]
As of Friday evening, I’ve been getting back into projects and trying to get my studio set up. I cleared a path to my easel, but then gave into my urges of making native bee houses. Spring is here and I don’t want to miss out of the bumble bees coming out of hibernation. I […]
Good news from Berkeley. Parks are focusing on attracting more bees by planting more bee friendly flowers. The City Council is poised to transform all the city’s parks and open spaces into habitats for bees. If the council approves the resolution, all future landscaping would be “pollinator-friendly” flowering native plants intended to attract bees, bats, […]
On his way to work today, Tom spied this free kitchen cabinet around the corner from our house. As soon as I got his message, I rushed over in our car and heaved it into the back (all by myself! It was heavy). It will be perfect as a surface for doing my encaustics and […]
Now that I’m here, and most of the boxes are unpacked, I want to start thinking about native bee houses. We don’t have a yard big enough for honey bees, but mason bees and bumble bees should like our garden. I’ve been researching how to build various houses. The mason bee houses are simple. Just […]
I came across this fantastic bee article by Aaron Hirsh in the New York Times on native bees which lead me to another article from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Center on how to make your garden native bee friendly. They tell you how to make bee friendly homes for ground dwelling and wood dwelling […]
There was a huge string of emails passed around in the SFBA message boards yesterday. It seems that there is still an open issue around mandarins and honeybees but it has nothing to do with AB771. Unfortunately, I’m a little frustrated with a call to arms that was misleading and incorrect and I’m done with […]
I got a comment today from someone at the CDFA and now have questions about whether or not this honeybee/orange thing is still an issue. It looks like the bill (AB771) was passed this October, 2008 and there is nothing in the bill about banning honey bees from California’s mandarin orange groves. I’m assuming at […]
A new documentary is coming out called “The Return of the Honey Bees” The site is vanishingbees.com. Thanks Bill!
From the SunHearld.com JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell says his agency will begin offering financial assistance to beekeepers in an effort to reverse the recent decline in the state’s honey bee population. Spell recently announced the financial assistance will be made available to eligible beginning beekeepers who establish up to four colonies […]