Tag Archives: City Bees

Native Plants Provide Fall Color & Feed Wildlife

Want to add some color to a small urban garden while helping out our native wildlife?  Try planting some native perennials. Below are a few of my favorites.   Bees need food throughout the growing season, and there are many native plants that can provide a late-season meal for pollinators. In this photo a bumblebee is Read More →

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

Hey DC: Can you host a beekeeper this year?

The DC Beekeepers Alliance wants to know: can you host some bees this year? Below, Toni Burnham from the Alliance explains. Dear DC Gardening Community: About 50 households will soon participate in our 2016 beginning beekeeping class, which focuses on responsible urban apiculture, but many do not have a space to keep bees. Beehives in Read More →

Bumble Bees Provide Another Reason to NOT Rake Leaves

For years now I’ve been proclaiming the many good reasons to stop raking leaves in urban and suburban back yards. Leaves are the perfect mulch, and can increase the biodiversity of your soil. Leaving your leaves in place helps to provide lots of habitat of insects, which in turn provides lots of food for foraging Read More →

Help Document Global Biodiversity in the Great Nature Project

  Join the Great Nature Project National Geographic and the enthusiastic nature lovers working at iNaturalist.org have partnered to host a ten day international celebration of biodiversity. The goal of their “Great Nature Project” is to is to create a database of records that can be accessed by scientists, decision makers and the general public Read More →

Worried about Pollinators?  Now is the time to speak up

If you are worried about bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, and other pollinators, now is the time to speak up and submit comments to the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. The two agencies held “listening sessions” last week to gather “stakeholder input” for the President’s new “Pollinator Health Task Force” regarding the Read More →

Autumn in NYC: Clinton Community Garden

Talking with Marc Steiner About Urban Bees

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I was really glad to talk with Marc Steiner about urban bees earlier this month.  Marc’s show often goes very deep into environmental issues, and it was a pleasure to talk to him about some of the topics explored in my book Hives in the City.

Here’s the recording — the interview starts at minute 26:00.

Join me to talk about City Bees, Sept 23, 2014 @ 7pm

Hives in the City: What We Can All Do to Keep Bees Alive  Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014 7pm Brookside Nature Center 1400 Glenallen Ave. Wheaton, MD 20902    Description: All over North America, honey bees are struggling from numerous problems. Interestingly, news about their struggles has caused the emergence of a new kind of beekeeper, Read More →

Celebrating Urban Bees in Philadelphia

This weekend, I had a fantastic time at the Philadelphia Honey Festival.  There were honey extractions, open hive tours, and lots of great samples of local mead to try during this three day event.   I especially loved the Philly Bee Guild’s T-Shirts, which had everyone laughing all day.  The worker bee t-shirts asked “Who Read More →

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