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Native Bees

Paul Navrot provided a class at Milagro Community Garden on native pollinators and here is a summary and some of the tools.  This is the information that he put together and you can contact him below at his website.
The Native Bees Class on Sunday, May 20th included a discussion focused on the cultivation of non-honey producing, North American bees.   These non-aggressive pollinators serve an important ecological function in agricultural practices of all scales that incorporate crops not dependent on wind-pollination.  Gardeners, or anyone interested in supporting, cultivating, and observing these crucial roles in the ecosystem can rear mason and leaf-cutter type bees by building habitat.  Adult bees rear larvae in nests created using mud or vegetation – mason and leaf-cutter types respectively, in bored holes that are found in tree trunks.  A gardener can imitate this habitat by drilling horizontal, or slightly downward holes in dead wood that receives morning sun and is protected from rain and snow.  A paper lining or cardboard tube inserted into this cavity can allow the harvesting of young in the event of incomplete emergence the following year.  Special attention should be given to integrate a diversity of flowering plants, particularly natives, in garden compositions for sources of nectar and pollen. Included as part of this class was actual construction where the class built and installed a bee-brooder-post at the Milagro Community Garden.  Employing basic carpentry, the class quickly transformed two pieces of untreated ‘two-by-four’ into a bee brooder that is capable of rearing hundreds of mason and leaf-cutter type bees.  The brooder-post serves as highly conspicuous place where people can observe the life processes of pollinators while they assist in the fruit and seed setting of crops in nearby gardens.
Published resources for more information regarding native bees …
Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees,” by Dr. Beatriz Moisset, and Dr. Stephen Buchmann.

The New Mexico Native Bee Pollinator Project

Penn State Extension, “Wild Bees as Alternative Pollinators

This Template will help you drill holes for your bees- drilling template

Pablo Navrot’s website/ garden journal

Bee Keeping Meetings & Training

If you’ve ever thought of keeping bees, now’s the time to get started!

Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers Association has emerged from winter hibernation and resumed monthly meetings. An eclectic group of beekeepers including professionals and hobbyists, Langstroth and Topbar beekeepers, they welcome all new members regardless of experience levels. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month in Santa Fe. For more information about meeting locations and events, contact Kate at (505) 984-9887 or join their on-line discussion group to post questions, announcements and photos on their website.

Albuquerque also has an active beekeeping community. For local postings, classes, information and events in central New Mexico, visit the Albuquerque Beekeeping Association website.

The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is an organization that is run by and for beekeepers.  They host annual events and post related news and information on their website.

If you’re interested in creating or supporting a pollinator-friendly environment in your community, consider the New Mexico Pollinator Project. To sign up for the latest news, research and action alerts in addressing honeybee losses contact Loretta McGrath at loremcgrath@gmail.com or call (505) 690-9912.

A newbee on the block, Bee Charmer is a New Mexico organization dedicated to assist children, parents and schools to create bee-friendly gardens, promote pollinators and avoid neo-nicotinoid pesticides. Visit them.

For those of you interested in beekeeping classes or workshops here are a few New Mexico connections. If you are aware of others, please let us know.

Talon Van Howten and Robert Sturm, Ecoversity http://ecoversity.org/beekeeping.html

This class meets once per month on Saturdays and starts April 9th.  Register on their website.

Les Crowder, For the Love of Bees http://www.fortheloveofbees.com

Mark Spitzig & Melanie Kirby, Zia Queen Bees http://www.ziaqueenbees.com

Steve Wall, Buckin’ Bees http://www.buckinbee.com

Nicotine Bees, an important film that connects the dots between colony collapse disorder and the use of neonicotinoid pesticides will be shown in Silver City on March 18th and Santa Fe on May 18th.  For more information contact hillary@volunteersofgrantcounty.org (S.C.)  or info@farmersmarketinstitute.org. (S.F.)