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Helping Bees Beat the Heat

September 01, 2017 by Beth Slatkin

Hot weather can be tough on our local wildlife, including wild bees. But you can help by making a safe "watering hole" for tiny pollinators.

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San Francisco’s Native Bees Do the Job Just Fine

March 17, 2015 by Michelaina Johnson

San Francisco gardeners should take heart. There's enough native bees around to do your pollinating.


Saying “Yes” to Habitat Gardens

October 22, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Award-winning master gardener Kate Frey believes gardens should be for more than just show.

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Bees, Coyotes, and More at Point Reyes: Laguna Ranch Loop

April 04, 2012 by Jules Evens

Jules Evens continues his quest to hike every trail at Point Reyes National Seashore. Here, he traces a route where he once encountered a mountain lion. This time, the wildlife is a bit tamer, but no less beautiful: red-legged frogs, native bees, wildflowers, and a coyote howl to finish it off.

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In the Key of Bee

April 01, 2009 by Erik Vance

Gordon Frankie has an obsession, and he hopes it's contagious: In gardens around the Bay Area, dozens of species of native bees, many nothing like the more familiar but nonnative honeybee, await your discovery, and your help.


Mulch Madness

April 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

Google "mulch" and you'll find university websites from Alaska to Florida touting mulch as one of the most environmentally friendly and effective tools for improving a backyard garden. But that mulch keeps native bees from digging their nests...

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Backyard Boarding House

April 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Leafcutters, diggers, carpenters, and masons… At first glance that may look like a directory for building contractors. Add the miners, cuckoos, and sweats and what you have isn't a list of tool-bag clad builders, but some of the 1,600 known species of native bees in California. Here's how you can make them at home in your garden.


Bees, Butterflies, and Other Insect Pollinators

March 26, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

Insects have fascinating lives and behaviors most of us never notice. But if you spend even 15 minutes watching bees ...

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Are native bees suffering the same colony collapse disorder as honeybees?

October 01, 2007 by Michael Ellis

Q: Are native bees suffering the same “colony collapse disorder” as honeybees? [Linda, San Ramon] A: Colony collapse disorder, or ...

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What’s the Buzz? Native Bees!

January 01, 2003 by Mike Koslosky

They don't live in colonies, they rarely sting, and—if you plant natives—you might find some in your own backyard.

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