Everything that’s in bloom right now was pollinated by a bee. That’s why we should care about the many threats these beneficial insects face.
California native bees are mostly small, but some are quite good sized. U.C. Davis entomology professor Robbin Thorp explains he likes to use the familiar honey bee as a metaphorical “bread box” to compare the relative sizes of other bee species.
People who are concerned about boosting the bee populations so they can do their pollinating, can do several things to help them out, Dr. Thorp explains.
The science salon on bees at the Bouverie Preserve will be Saturday afternoon, June 5, from 2:30 60 4 pm. with Ellen Zagory, Director of Horticulture at the UC Davis Arboretum, as one of the featured panelists. Audubon Canyon Ranch Executive Director Scott Feirabend offers further details on what is intended to be the first in a series of educational events.
To see a previous Report on the conflict between beekeepers and mandarin growers in Central California, go here.