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UC Davis Is Place to 'Bee' Sept. 5-8 for the Western Apicultural Society Conference

The Bee Team: Eric Mussen, WAS president, and his wife, Helen, his assistant in planning the WAS program. They are pictured by Miss Bee Haven, a sculpture by Donna Billick that anchors the Häagen Dazs Bee Haven. A tour of the garden is planned during the Sept. 5-8 conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis is the place to "bee" on Sept. 5-8 for the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, but you'll want to register by Monday, July 31 to get the pre-registration discount. Eric Mussen of UC Davis, who is serving his sixth term as...

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Wish You WAS Here! Top 10 Reasons Why You Should 'Bee' Here at UC Davis Sept. 5-8

Honey bee guru Eric Mussen giving a tour of the apiary at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever received an email, text or postcard from vacationing family or friends with the lead sentence: "Wish you were here?"Well, in this case, it's "Wish you WAS here!" Excitement is building for the 40th anniversary conference of the Western...

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Why We Want Our Bees to Be 'In the Pink!

Two honey bees nearly collide over this pink zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees are known to prefer yellow and blue flowers, but pink suits them just fine, too. Here's proof: Two honey bees nearly collide over a pink zinnia. Another honey bee burrows into a pink oxalis. A young honey bee takes a liking to a pink...

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Why We Need to Push for Pollinator Protection

Entomologist May Berenbaum  photographs a bee on a pomegranate tree at the UC Davis bee garden, the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, during her May 2014 visit to the campus. With her is Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The 10th annual National Pollinator Week ends Sunday, June 25, and what an opportunity it's been to showcase our pollinators! As noted entomologist May Berenbaum pointed out, it's "a celebration of Earth's 100,000-plus animal species that, by...

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 4:15 PM

How Does Climate Change Affect Honey Bees?

A honey bee is coated with pollen as she forages in a blanketflower (Gallardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From horrible to bad. That's the consensus of the declining honey bee population in the United States. A newly released poll showed that our nation's beekeepers  lost an average of 21 percent of their colonies last winter, as compared to 27...

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