Tag Archives: Pollinators

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 →

Last Minute Gift Idea: Hives in the City

  **Update: as of Jan 12, 2016 the site (www.hivesinthecity.com) is back up and running. Thanks for your patience! I just got an important message from the company that hosts the website for my book.  It seems that our site has been shut down for a day or so in order to address some important security updates. While I’m 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 →

Beekeepers, Neonicotinoids & the Pollinator Protection Act

Beekeepers Come Out to Support the Proposed MD Bill About Neonicotinoids “This place is a hive of activity,” one man quipped as beekeepers entered the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit dressed in their white canvas suits in Annapolis, MD last night. They had come, mesh hoods hanging down their backs, to show support for the proposed Pollinator Protection Read More →

Bees at the Green Matters Symposium Feb 27

On February 27, 2015 I’ll be at the Green Matters Symposium in Silver Spring, MD. This year’s event will include lots of presentations on protecting pollinators, and I’ll be joining a panel of speakers to discuss bees. Copies of my book, Hives in the City: Keeping  Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World, will also be 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 →

Apartment living for Monarch Caterpillars

Liz Marshall wasn’t expecting to turn her entire apartment into an incubator  monarch caterpillars this summer.  She had only intended to help a few monarchs safely make their way from egg to pupa by protecting them in some small mesh pop-up carriers inside, away from predators. But when the plants she’d sprinkled along the driveway of her Read More →

Trees for Bees

Bees Like Sunny Gardens, but They Also Feed on Trees Like a lot of gardeners, I associate bees with “full sun” locations – mostly because when I see bees in my yard I see them flying from flower to flower in search of nectar.  I don’t see them in the shade.  So last year when researching my book Read More →

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