An article in today's San Francisco Chronicle indicated that the Berkeley City Council is "poised to transform all the city's parks and open spaces into habitats for bees."
That's the kind of news we need more of, more often.
Honey bee on salvia
THE VISITOR--A honey bee gathers nectar on salvia (sage), a popular plant in bee friendly gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
To really know the honey bee industry, visit an apiary or bee yard.
From a distance, you'll see a beekeeper working the hives.
Look closer, and you'll see bees landing on visitors.
Look even closer, and you'll see an individual bee going about her...
CLOSE--A beekeeper smokes a hive at Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc. in Orland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
CLOSER--Bees at the Koehnen & Sons, Glenn, Calif., land on Elizabeth Frost, a junior specialist at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
CLOSER YET--A honey bee at Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc. in Orland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
When the half-acre Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is implemented by the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis later this year, honey bees won't be the only ones enjoying the garden.
Expect to see butterflies,...
SOAPBERRY BUG crawls along an almond tree branch at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. The almond tree will be part of the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees
And the flowers and the trees...
The Birds and the Bees (music and lyrics by Herb Newman)
Don't know about "the birds and the flowers and the trees," but the bees were definitely there.
BEE BREEDER-GENETICIST Susan Cobey (center, with frame) manager of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility teaches a class on the "Art of Queen Bee Rearing." Here she transfers bees. This photo shows an estimated 250,000 bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
QUEEN BEE (with dot) is catered to by worker bees. In the peak season, she can lay about 2000 eggs a day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The next time you enjoy a bowl of steamed rice, thank the California rice industry.
And a University of California Cooperative Extension Team.
A nine-member UC Cooperative...
Cooperative Extension Specialist Larry Godfrey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology leads a tour of a rice field. (Photo by John Stumbos)
Part of winning team
WINNING TEAM members from the UC Cooperative Extension include (from left) Luis Espino, farm advisor, Colusa County; Jim Thompson, Cooperative Extension specialist, UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Chris Greer, farm advisor, Sutter-Yuba counties. (Photo by Leslie Morris, Morris Photo Images)