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'A' is for Almonds and 'B' is for Bees and Bradford Pear Blossoms

Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.

No, it's not Valentine's Day, yet. Yes, the almonds are blooming. No, it's not spring. But it looks like spring in Benicia. The almonds are blooming in the Benicia (Calif.) State Recreation Area. Some are on the road at the entrance to the...

Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.
Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.

Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.

Almonds are blooming in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almonds are blooming in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almonds are blooming in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees Are Back Pollinating the Almonds

A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's almond pollination season in California but the weather refuses to cooperate. Heavy rains, high winds, intense flooding. What are the bees to do? They're holed up in their hives, waiting for the sun breaks. When the rain stops pelting their hives...

A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing honey bee heads for another almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-packing honey bee heads for another almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing honey bee heads for another almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue skies, almonds blooming, bees buzzing--and all's right with the world. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blue skies, almonds blooming, bees buzzing--and all's right with the world. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue skies, almonds blooming, bees buzzing--and all's right with the world. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Almond Field Days in Zamora and Lost Hills: And You're Invited

Pollination ecologist Neal Williams (shown) and several of his lab members will be participating in the Almond Field Days. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you want to learn more about almond pollination, integrated crop pollination, blue orchard bees, navel orangeworms, wildflower plantings and solarization for wildflpwer planting success. You're in luck. Two almond field days-- one set Thursday, March...

Pollination ecologist Neal Williams (shown) and several of his lab members will be participating in the Almond Field Days. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollination ecologist Neal Williams (shown) and several of his lab members will be participating in the Almond Field Days. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollination ecologist Neal Williams (shown) and several of his lab members will be participating in the Almond Field Days. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:13 PM

The Almond and the Bee

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Remember Stephanie Hsia? She's the beekeeper/graduate student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design who traveled through almond orchards in California's Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys in May 2014 to illustrate and pen a book about the spatial...

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

Feel the Buzz!

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The word is "bees"  and "almonds" are their world. Right this very minute there are about 1.7 million colonies of bees pollinating California almonds. Since it takes two colonies to pollinate one acre, and California doesn't have that many...

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 5:22 PM
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