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Heaven in the Bee Haven

A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant,  Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was heaven in the bee haven. As temperatures climbed into the seventies last Saturday, honey bees foraged in the California native plant, Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei). and pollinated the almond blossoms. It seemed like spring. Nearly 600...

A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant,  Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant, Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant, Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blooming almond tree graces the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven as visitors check out the flowers and pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A blooming almond tree graces the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven as visitors check out the flowers and pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blooming almond tree graces the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven as visitors check out the flowers and pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors enjoy making seed balls for the bees, one of the featured activities at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven last Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors enjoy making seed balls for the bees, one of the featured activities at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven last Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors enjoy making seed balls for the bees, one of the featured activities at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven last Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scenic shot: Visitors walk along a path in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. An almond tree is in the foreground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A scenic shot: Visitors walk along a path in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. An almond tree is in the foreground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scenic shot: Visitors walk along a path in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. An almond tree is in the foreground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Artist Donna Billick, who created the ceramic-mosaic sculpture,
Artist Donna Billick, who created the ceramic-mosaic sculpture, "Miss Beehaven," sits by her work on Aug 17, 2010. The project was funded by Wells Fargo. The haven was installed in the fall of 2009. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Artist Donna Billick, who created the ceramic-mosaic sculpture, "Miss Beehaven," sits by her work on Aug 17, 2010. The project was funded by Wells Fargo. The haven was installed in the fall of 2009. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to Learn How to Care for Bees? UC Davis Offering Courses

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to bee-come a beekeeper and learn the ABC's of taking care of colonies? Think "A" for apiary; "B" for bees; and "C" for colonies. Here's how to join the ranks of California's estimated 11,000 backyard and small-scale beekeepers. Or, if you're...

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like to learn more about honey bees? UC Davis is offering beekeeping courses beginning March 24. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Like to learn more about honey bees? UC Davis is offering beekeeping courses beginning March 24. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like to learn more about honey bees? UC Davis is offering beekeeping courses beginning March 24. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet the Bugs at the California State Fair

Visitors wander in and out of the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion. The 2017 fair ends July 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign at the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion, aka "Bug Barn," screams "Bugs, Stay Back!" A middle-aged woman takes the sign  literally. "What would you do if you saw THAT bug in our backyard?" she asks her daughter, about six years...

Visitors wander in and out of the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion. The 2017 fair ends July 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors wander in and out of the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion. The 2017 fair ends July 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors wander in and out of the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion. The 2017 fair ends July 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bug enthusiasts get a closer look at the specimens shown by the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bug enthusiasts get a closer look at the specimens shown by the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bug enthusiasts get a closer look at the specimens shown by the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A California State Fair educational display in the Insect Pavilion about cockroaches and beetles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A California State Fair educational display in the Insect Pavilion about cockroaches and beetles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A California State Fair educational display in the Insect Pavilion about cockroaches and beetles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee forages on a sunflower just outside the Insect Pavilion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee forages on a sunflower just outside the Insect Pavilion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee forages on a sunflower just outside the Insect Pavilion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bee stops and eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bee stops and eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bee stops and eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Behind the Bee Veil: Charley Nye

Charley Nye (center) teaching a beekeeping course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever wondered who's behind the veil?  The bee veil, that is. If you enroll in a beekeepers' course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis, one of the instructors you're likely to meet...

Charley Nye (center) teaching a beekeeping course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Charley Nye (center) teaching a beekeeping course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Charley Nye (center) teaching a beekeeping course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Charley Nye served as one of the proctors during the California Master Beekeeper Program testing. Here he proctors Cheryl Veretto, president of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Charley Nye served as one of the proctors during the California Master Beekeeper Program testing. Here he proctors Cheryl Veretto, president of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Charley Nye served as one of the proctors during the California Master Beekeeper Program testing. Here he proctors Cheryl Veretto, president of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Got Hives or Want Hives? Enroll in UC Davis Beekeeping Courses

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño (left) with participants in a beekeeping course at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you want to become a beekeeper...or you want to advance your apiary skills? Or maybe there's "keeper" in the family and you want to give him or her a gift certificate that will fit nicely under the Christmas tree?  You're in good hands! The...

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño (left) with participants in a beekeeping course at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Niño (left) with participants in a beekeeping course at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño (left) with participants in a beekeeping course at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño pulls out a frame at a UC Davis beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Niño pulls out a frame at a UC Davis beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño pulls out a frame at a UC Davis beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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