Get the Buzz on Native Bees class is still open for sign up below!
Here is the next class this Sunday on native bees, how they differ from honeybees, how to encourage them to your property, what plants offer them nectar and pollen, and a demo on how you can make a simple native bee house. Bob has sold his beautiful native bee houses at the SF Farmer’s Market, SF Botanical Gardens and elsewhere in Santa Fe. It’s going to be great! I know they work, as I own one of his native bee houses!
Sunday, July 7th
12 noon to 2 pm
Get the Buzz on Native Bees!
Do you like melons, pumpkins, and squash? Well, you should thank the native bees! Honeybees might get the most attention, but native bees really are the major pollinators of food crops. Did you know that there are more than 500 species of native bees just in New Mexico alone? Do you know the differences between the native bee and the honeybee?
Come to the Native Bee class July 7 and learn all about these often overlooked pollinators. Bob Zimmerman, retired biology teacher, will show you how to provide a bee friendly yard for native bees and how to make a native bee house to encourage them to hang around your garden!
Instructors: Bob Zimmerman
Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member
Please sign up through Eventbrite below:
Native New Mexico bee. Photo courtesy ofhttp://www.pollinatorparadise.com/nm.htm
Hey ya all-This might be of interest to you this weekend if you are interested in native bees! Want to learn more about identifying and how to attract native bees to your garden? Read on!
Saturday, September 19
NATIVE BEE WALK in the RAILYARD PARK
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Where: Meet at the Railyard Park’s Community Room located directly behind SITE Santa Fe
Join the Railyard Stewards and Dr. Olivia Carril for a Native Bee Pollinator Walk in the 13-acre Railyard Park. In addition to identifying the bees we discover, Olivia will discuss the importance of bee habitats and pollen to the lives of native bees and how you can draw native bees to your garden, in addition to identifying the plants that attract bees to this rich, diverse urban landscape right in the middle of Santa Fe.
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 …
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