Ground Bees of Satwiwa

 

Ground Bees of Satwiwa (w/text info) - feat. Melibea from james carey on Vimeo.

Story about one of several species of Native Bees living in the Western Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California in the shadow of "Satwiwa", a beautiful set of bluffs held sacred but the Chumash First Nation Edlers.

Rewilding Your Land: Blessing of the Bees - Sam Droege - TEDx Washington Square

TEDx Talks     Sam Droege  

Sam Droege shares the magical world of native bee species, helping us understand the threats that face these unique populations and what we as humans can do to live more consciously and in harmony with these critical pollinators. 

SAM DROEGE is an author and biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. He's an international expert on both birds and pollinator species. Sam has produced many grassroots programs: Bioblitz, Frogwatch USA, Cricket Crawl that enlist volunteers to inventory local flora and fauna. Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for North American bees at discoverlife.org, and with Jessica Zelt reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF3fWdwhEhw

Want to Help the Bee Populations? Grow a Variety of Flowers

Los Angeles Times  By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  June 15, 2015

Native bees, which don't swarm and are profilic pollinators, would thrive in the right habitat

The European honey bee was brought to this continent in the early 1600s, but not to pollinate crops. Rather, early settlers sought beeswax to make candles. Native bees, which are mostly solitary ground-dwellers, were effective pollinators but did not provide significant quantities of wax or honey.

It wasn't until the 1980s, when large-scale industrial farming began to replace family farming, that the honey bee became important to agriculture. Instead...

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-bees-20150615-story.html

Golden Boy

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey    4/14/14

A "golden boy" drew a lot of attention at the Bohart Museum of Entomology last Saturday, April 12 during the campuswide UC Davis Picnic Day.

"Golden boy?" A male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) to be exact. This carpenter bee is usually mistaken for a bumble bee but a bumble bee it is not. It's a male Valley carpenter bee. And the females of this species are solid black.

Native pollinator specialist... 

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Visit the Kathy Keatley Garvey Bug Squad blog at: http://ucanr.org/blogs/bugsquad/