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Hear the Buzz!

A honey bee heads toward almond blossoms on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're anywhere near an almond orchard, you've probably heard the steady buzz. That's the soothing sound of honey bees gathering food for their colony--and in the process, pollinating almonds. The buzz is to bees what a purr is to a cat. On the UC...

A honey bee heads toward almond blossoms on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads toward almond blossoms on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads toward almond blossoms on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee doesn't need to be told where to go and what to do. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee doesn't need to be told where to go and what to do. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee doesn't need to be told where to go and what to do. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Both pollen and nectar await the honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Both pollen and nectar await the honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Both pollen and nectar await the honey bee.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Celebrate the Bees on National Honey Bee Day!

Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you appreciate honey bees--particularly their pollination services--then you should thank them. Not just on National Honey Bee Day, which is Saturday, Aug. 16, but every day.   This year's theme is “Sustainable Gardening Begins with...

Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Golden bee (Cordovan) on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Golden bee (Cordovan) on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Golden bee (Cordovan) on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee on a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee on pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Trouble in the Almond Orchards

A honey bee packing pollen as it forages on almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers and almond growers are concerned--and rightfully so--about the some 80,000 bee colonies that died this year in the San Joaquin Valley almond orchards. In monetary terms, that's a loss of about $180,000. But the loss isn't just financial. It...

A honey bee packing pollen as it forages on almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee packing pollen as it forages on almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee packing pollen as it forages on almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almond growers need bees. Without bees, there would be no almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almond growers need bees. Without bees, there would be no almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almond growers need bees. Without bees, there would be no almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM
Tags: almonds (21), beekeepers (11), Eric Mussen (245), pesticide poisoning (2)

Just Bee-Cause

Queen Turner inspects the beekeeping operation on the rooftop of the San Francisco Chronicle. Turner completed a 10-month stay in the U.S. and returned to Botswana where she is head of the beekeeping section of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Botswana government. (Photo: Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In recent years, honey bees received neither recognition nor respect until commercial beekeeper David Hackenberg of Pennsylvania/Florida sounded the alarm in 2006 about his missing honey bees. His bees went MIA due to a mysterious phenomenon we now...

Queen Turner inspects the beekeeping operation on the rooftop of the San Francisco Chronicle. Turner completed a 10-month stay in the U.S. and returned to Botswana where she is head of the beekeeping section of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Botswana government. (Photo: Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Queen Turner inspects the beekeeping operation on the rooftop of the San Francisco Chronicle. Turner completed a 10-month stay in the U.S. and returned to Botswana where she is head of the beekeeping section of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Botswana government. (Photo: Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen Turner inspects the beekeeping operation on the rooftop of the San Francisco Chronicle. Turner completed a 10-month stay in the U.S. and returned to Botswana where she is head of the beekeeping section of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Botswana government. (Photo: Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, formerly of UC Davis and now of Washington State University, examines a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, formerly of UC Davis and now of Washington State University, examines a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, formerly of UC Davis and now of Washington State University, examines a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Buzz from the Rooftops

Tending Bees

It was bound to happen.As soon as New York City lifted its ban on backyard (and rooftop) beekeeping, scores of folks began making a beeline to take classes from the New York City Beekeepers' Association. Hugh Raffles, an anthropologist and author of...

Tending Bees
Tending Bees

SUSAN COBEY, bee breeder-geneticist at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis, tends her bees with beekeeper-employee Tylan Selby, an entomology major at UC Davis. Selby's family members are commercial beekeepers in the Chico area. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Honey Bee
The Honey Bee

THE HONEY BEE is the object of much attention, as urban beekeeping takes hold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:34 PM

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